Japanese police have launched a murder investigation into the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but little is known about the suspect, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting on Friday.
Abe, 67, was pronounced dead by doctors at Nara Medical University Hospital at 5:03 p.m. local time on Friday, just over five hours after he was shot in the street while delivering a campaign speech to a small crowd.
Who are the suspects?
Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, admitted to shooting Abe, Nara-West police said at a news conference on Friday. The unemployed Yamagami told investigators that he hated a particular group he believed to be associated with Abe.
Yamagami was identified as a murder suspect, and police said 90 investigators had been assigned.
What weapon was fired?
Police say the suspect used a homemade gun in the shooting, and photos from the scene show two cylindrical metal barrels wrapped in black tape. Authorities then confiscated several handgun-like artifacts from the suspect’s home.
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, citing police reports, said several types of guns were made on the mountain, with iron barrels wrapped in tape. Police found guns with three, five and six iron barrels.
Police said the suspect pushed the bullet into the pipe and purchased parts online for it, NHK reported. Police believe the suspect used the most powerful weapon he ever made in the assassination, NHK added.
How did the security forces react?
Abe was speaking for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate ahead of the July 10 upper house election when the shooting took place. the country’s political landscape and continue to campaign for the Liberal Democratic Party.
Japan’s National Police Agency said it would review security arrangements ahead of Friday’s shooting, NHK reported. Security is handled by the Nara Prefectural Police, who made a security plan for the former prime minister while he was in town.
NHK said the agency said dozens of Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers and security personnel were on duty, and Abe was reported to be watching from all directions during his speech.