Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has collapsed on the street after being shot in the western prefecture of Nara. He was making a speech for an election campaign. The fire department says he is showing no vital signs. Police say a man was arrested at the scene.
Abe was campaigning for a Liberal Democratic Party candidate in Nara City. He collapsed at around 11: 30 a.m. Abe was taken to a hospital.
The fire department says he is in cardiopulmonary arrest. He is scheduled to be transferred by medevac to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City in the prefecture. Police say Abe appears to have been shot from behind with a shotgun.
Police arrested the man, who appears to be in his 40s, for allegedly attempting homicide and are interrogating him. They say they seized a gun at the site which the man was apparently holding.
An NHK reporter who was at the scene says Abe was bleeding. The reporter heard what sounded like gun going off twice.
The site is near Yamatosaidaiji Station in Nara City.
Source: NHK world