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UPDATE: Abe, Has Died…Former Japanese Primer Minister Shinzo Abe Shot On Campaign Trail

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UPDATE 0900 est – Abe has died…


Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reportedly shot Friday during a campaign speech for a Japanese liberal Democratic Party candidate in the city of Nara.

The former Prime Minister collapsed in the early afternoon and then transported to a nearby hospital, according to NHK World- Japan reported. He is scheduled to be transported to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City.

An NHK reporter present at the campaign event said they heard two gunshots and witnessed the former prime minister bleeding.

His condition is currently unknown, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said, according to CNN.

Police arrested a person of interest, reportedly in his 40’s, for allegedly attempting homicide, the outlet reported. They seized the gun that he allegedly held at the scene.

Shinzo Abe is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party from 2006 to 2007, and again from 2012 to 2020. He was the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

This story is developing…

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