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Shinzo Abe, ex-Japan prime minister, shot in chest during speech

Shinzo Abe Japan prime minister shot

Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was reportedly shot in the chest while delivering a speech from the streets of Nara on Friday morning.

Abe was taken by paramedics to the nearest hospital, unconscious while the bleeding continued to flow from his chest. Video footage from the incident below showed a snapshot of the scene right before they carried off the former PM.

While reports are scarce on the details of the incident, the suspect has reportedly been apprehended. Though unconfirmed, the man had allegedly taken aim at Abe with a custom sawed-off shotgun.

The latest on Abe’s condition has him in heart failure at the hospital, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK public television.

Via Associated Press:

The broadcaster aired footage showing Shinzo Abe collapsed on the street, with several security guards running toward him. Abe was holding his chest when he collapsed, with his shirt smeared with blood. NHK says Abe was rushed to a hospital.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the apparent attack in Nara. He was standing while making an election campaign speech ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament’s upper house.

The assailant has been apprehended and will be charged with attempted murder. However, there’s no word yet on the suspect’s motives or affiliations.