Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot while giving campaign speech

ByMELISSA GAFFNEY via ABCNews logo
Friday, July 8, 2022
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot while giving campaign speech
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 28, 2020.
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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot while giving a campaign speech in western Japan.

ABC News partner NHK reported that Abe was bleeding when he collapsed.

Abe's heart is in a "stopped condition," ABC News has learned, and there are no vital signs.

Two shots were heard. The former prime minister was shot in the back and bleeding on-site when he was transported to a hospital.

Authorities have a suspect -- a man in his 40s -- in custody and recovered a weapon at the scene, which is described as a shotgun.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel tweeted late Thursday night, "We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo."

"Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and unwavering ally of the U.S.," he said. "The U.S. Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, & people of Japan."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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