(JAPAN) — Japan’s former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been assassinated.
Abe, 67, was shot in the back at a campaign event in Nara, Japan Friday.
Abe, clutching his chest, collapsed and was airlifted to a local hospital with no vital signs and pronounced dead a short time later
Police apprehended a man who said he “aimed to kill” the former leader.
The man reportedly used a homemade gun in the attack.
President Joe Biden released a statement about Abe’s death Friday morning.
BREAKING: Pres. Biden: "I am stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him." https://t.co/rGXbrO7jZU pic.twitter.com/DK31ebbi6i
— ABC News (@ABC) July 8, 2022
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the shooting “is not a forgivable act.”