Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot dead during a campaign event, in an attack that shocked a country where gun violence is virtually non-existent.
Abe, 67, was a commanding political presence even after stepping down as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He had just started a speech in the western city of Nara when gunshots were heard around 11:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Thursday ET).
Officials said one person was apprehended in connection with the shooting.
Abe was rushed to Nara Medical University Hospital after suffering cardio and pulmonary arrest. The hospital announced his death shortly after 5 a.m. ET.
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