After the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe got shot in Nara, the doctors attempted to save him for nearly five hours. However, he didn’t survive, and according to the hospital, he had a “wide gaping hole in the heart”.
Around 11.30 am, Shinzo Abe, 67, was speaking during a campaign rally in the western city of Nara, about 500 kilometres from the capital Tokyo. While ambulances were on the way, some people tried to revive him. By 12:20 pm, Abe had moved to the Nara Medical University hospital.
“He was in a state of cardiac arrest upon arrival. Resuscitation was administered. Blood transfusion was done too. Unfortunately, he died at 5:03 pm,” said Professor Hidetada Fukushima at the hospital.
Abe got shot twice in the heart with a homemade gun. His wounds worsened by the second shot.
The shooter, Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old former member of the country’s navy, did not attempt to flee. According to sources, he reportedly told the police that he felt “dissatisfied” with Abe and planned to kill him. Authorities discovered bombs at the shooter’s home.
He served three years in Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (the navy) until 2005, as stated by several news sites that cited the defence ministry.
Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister of Japan, called the murder an “unforgivable act.” Adding, “Abe had the responsibility as a prime minister for eight years and eight months — a record in Japanese politics. He led this country facing many internal and external difficulties with his outstanding leadership and execution.”
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a day of national mourning in memory of Abe, awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the nation’s second-highest civilian honour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe,” adding, “He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place.”