Shinzo Abe was shot during a speech and rushed to the hospital: police


Frank Robition / Reuters

Frank Robition / Reuters

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot behind while giving a speech on the streets of Nara City on Friday morning.

Prime Minister Abe was reportedly shot by an attacker from behind with a “shotgun” around 11:30 am. NHK reporters on the scene heard at least two gunshots and reported seeing blood when Prime Minister Abe fell to the ground.

Citing a local fire official, Anchor said he was rushed to the hospital “without a clear vital sign.”

According to local authorities, the assault put the former prime minister in cardiopulmonary arrest.

A suspect in his 40s was detained at the scene. According to witnesses, the man remained in the area after the incident, wearing a gray shirt and khaki trousers.

Witnesses told NHK that the shooters were approaching Abe with weapons that looked “like toys, like bazookas.”

Prime Minister Abe was in Nara, the capital of western Japan, less than 30 miles from Kyoto, and helped candidates for the Upper House election this Sunday.

This story is under development and will be updated.

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