Shinzo Abe, former prime minister of Japan, reportedly suffered a gunshot wound while giving a campaign speech in Nara in western Japan ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament’s upper house.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots before Abe collapsed, clutching his chest and bleeding. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital. Some outlets are reporting that he has died, others say he is experiencing heart failure, but those reports have not been confirmed.
Breaking: Video shows the scene after former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was shot in Nara, Japan. pic.twitter.com/htrRxLGNvg
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 8, 2022
The shooter is reportedly in police custody, but we have not yet heard from law-enforcement officials or government sources.
— Tom Bateman (@tomb8man) July 8, 2022
The attacker, male, is in police custody.
Abe has been transported from ambulance to a helicopter now being airlifted to a hospital, NHK reports. pic.twitter.com/MPagkk1zHo
— Kurumi Mori (@rumireports) July 8, 2022
The official account for American Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel tweeted shortly after the news broke:
We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and unwavering ally of the U.S. The U.S. Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, & people of Japan.
— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) July 8, 2022
Abe, 67, resigned his position as prime minister in 2020, citing health issues. He was the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
This is a developing story.