Videos show Shinzo Abe shooting suspect standing near him with little security moments before assassination

Still from TV footage showing Shinzo Abe assassination suspect standing behind Abe moments before the shootingStill from Japanese TV footage showing Shinzo Abe assassination suspect standing behind Abe moments before the shooting in Nara, western Japan, on July 8, 2022. Illustration by Insider.Nippon TV 24/Insider

Videos from Shinzo Abe’s assassination show the shooting suspect standing closely behind the former Japanese leader with little visible security moments before the attack.

Abe was giving a campaign speech near a train station in Nara, western Japan, around 11:30 a.m. local time when he was shot from behind. He suffered wounds to the neck and chest died in the hospital hours later.

Police said the shooting suspect had shot Abe from around 10 feet away.

A video published by Japanese public broadcaster NHK shows the suspect standing behind Abe without little visible security around him.

The footage, which appeared to be from a bystander, showed the shooting suspect walking slowly toward Abe, raising his gun and immediately firing two shots. Security guards tackled the suspect to the ground moments after the attack. He appeared to be wearing a grey shirt, cargo pants, and a white face mask.

Another video from Nippon TV 24 showed the suspect standing mere feet behind Abe during the speech.

Another video aired by NHK shows the suspect standing in a crowd of people waiting for Abe’s speech to begin.

Airo Hino, a political science professor at Waseda University, told Reuters that a shooting like this is almost unprecedented in Japan, a nation which has strict gun-control laws.

“Senior Japanese politicians are accompanied by armed security agents but often get close to the public, especially during political campaigns when they make roadside speeches and shake hands with passersby,” Hino said.

Shinzo Abe, former Japan prime minister, shot during speech

Former PM collapses after gunshots reportedly heard while he spoke in the city of Nara

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has been shot at in the city of Nara. Photograph: Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO/REX/Shutterstock

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is in a “state of cardiopulmonary arrest” after collapsing while making a speech in the western city of Nara amid reports of gunfire.

Video: Moment When Japan Ex PM Shinzo Abe Shot

Video: Moment When Japan Ex PM Shinzo Abe Shot

Video: Moment When Japan Ex PM Shinzo Abe Shot

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, said Abe – the country’s longest-serving prime minister until he resigned in 2020 – fell to the ground and appeared to be bleeding from the chest after being shot from behind with a shotgun on Friday morning.

NHK said a suspect, named by police as Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara in his 40s, had been taken into custody but provided no further details.

A witness to the attack told the broadcaster that the first shot caused Abe to stumble backwards, adding that he fell to the ground after the second shot.

Amateur video footage showed Abe’s aides rushing towards him as smoke filled the air behind him. The clip does not show the moment he fell.

The suspected gunmen reportedly did not attempt to flee and was detained at the scene.

Abe, who was flown to hospital by helicopter, had been in Nara to make a campaign speech ahead of this Sunday’s upper house elections.

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