Suspect Yamagami admitted to targeting Mr. Abe because he thought the former Japanese prime minister was linked to an organization he had a grudge against.
“The suspect confessed that he had a grudge against an organization and committed the crime because he believed that Mr. Shinzo Abe was related to that organization,” Nara prefectural police representative said at a press conference today about the former prime minister’s case. Shizo Abe is assassinated.
According to police, suspect Yamagami Tetsuya, 41, a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, claimed to target Mr Abe “not because of political factors”. Nara police will investigate whether Mr. Abe is related to the organization as the suspect claimed, but did not disclose the name of the organization.
Former Prime Minister Abe, 67, was shot in the back while giving a campaign speech on the streets of Nara city in the province of the same name. When he opened fire, suspect Yamagami stood about 5 meters away from Mr. Abe.
Mr Abe was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital bleeding profusely, with a deep wound to his heart and a wound to his neck. Twenty doctors were involved in Mr. Abe’s treatment, but could not stop the bleeding. The former prime minister was determined to have died from excessive blood loss.
Nara police announced that the suspect Yamagami confessed to using a homemade gun to shoot Prime Minister Abe, and said it was continuing to investigate this weapon. Photo released by Japanese media shows a homemade double-barreled gun with a steel tube wrapped in duct tape.
Authorities searched the suspect’s home and discovered several similar homemade firearms. They described the gun as 40cm long, about 20cm tall, but have not weighed it yet due to concerns about the “risk of detonation”.
Police did not say if they found any warheads at the scene. They believe the suspect took a train to the event where Mr Abe was speaking, but did not disclose how long he waited.
It was the first assassination attempt against a former or current prime minister of Japan since the warlords of the 1930s.
World leaders offer condolences and condolences to former Prime Minister Abe after his death. Russian President Vladimir Putin called this an “irreparable loss”, while US President Joe Biden expressed “frustration, indignation and grief” at the news.