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Yamagami sent to prosecutors

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Tetsuya Yamagami, the suspected attacker of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is escorted by police on Sunday in Nara City.

A suspect in the fatal attack on former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was sent to prosecutors on suspicion of murder on Sunday.

Nara Prefectural Police had arrested Tetsuya Yamagami, 41-year-old former Maritime Self-Defense Force officer, on suspicion of attempted murder for shooting Abe during a speech in Nara City on Friday.

According to the police, Yamagami approached Abe, who was giving a speech, from behind on the street in front of Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara at around 11:30 a.m. and fired his hand-made gun twice. The bullets fatally damaged Abe’s artery and he died about 5½ hours later.