One of the most powerful men in Japan has been assassinated.
Shinzo Abe, who served two terms as the Prime Minister of Japan, has been killed.
Abe was assassinated on Friday while giving a campaign speech for his fellow party members in Nara, Japan.
The shooting was carried out by 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami.
There is not much known about Yamagami at this point other than he had worked for the Maritime Self Defense Force for about three years.
According to authorities, he had no known “grudge” with Abe regarding his politics or policies.
Abe was in Nara campaigning for fellow party members at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses stated that they heard two loud bangs accompanied by smoke.
Abe had served a short term as the Prime Minister in 2006, then served again from 2012 to 2020.
He stepped down in 2020 due to serious health concerns.
This assassination truly shocked the world, as Japan has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world.
We will update as necessary when more details become available regarding the shooter and motive.