Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was shot during a speech in the city of Nara, according to local media reports citing officials.
Abe was airlifted to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing the local fire department.
Police arrested 41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya at the scene for attempted murder, NHK said.
During a press conference, sitting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Abe was in a “critical condition” and described the shooting as a “heinous act,” according to a translation from the Guardian.
This footage, filmed by Instagram user @jinaaani_o3o5, shows the aftermath of the shooting in Nara, with crowds of people forming and emergency crews working at the scene.
This is a developing story. Credit: @jinaaani_o3o5 via Storyful