Tetsuya Yamagami: Shooter of Ex Japan PM Shinzo Abe

Tetsuya Yamagami
Tetsuya Yamagami

Tetsuya Yamagami

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died today after being shot during an election campaign in the city of Nara. After some time the suspected shooter was arrested. Officials say explosives were found from his house.

Reports have identified the shooter as Tetsuya Yamagami, a local man.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, is believed to be a former member of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

He was believed to be standing behind Shinzo Abe 10 feet away when he fired at her.

Shinzo Abe collapsed on the stage in the middle of his speech. Yamagami was dropped to the ground by security.

According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, the man did not try to escape.

He is being questioned at Nara Nishi police station.

He told police that he “targeted Abe with the intention of killing him”, the report claims.

He was described as “dissatisfied” with Shinzo Abe.

Reports say that he used a shotgun. He has been charged with attempted murder.

The suspected shooter is believed to have made the gun himself.