Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Shot, Taken to Hospital

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Shot, Taken to Hospital

Shinzo Abe was shot during a campaign event in western Japan on Friday. Officials said he wasn't breathing and his heart had stopped when he arrived at the hospital.

According to local firefighter Makoto Morimoto, Abe was shot and sent to the hospital in cardiac arrest.

According to local firefighter Makoto Morimoto, Abe was shot and sent to the hospital in cardiac arrest.

According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, police detained the alleged shooter on the site.

Matsuno said, "A cruel act like this is unforgivable, regardless of the motives," meaning that the Japanese government disapproves.

He was allegedly shot a short while after he began speaking in front of a major train station in western Nara.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, of the same party as Abe, is flying to Tokyo from Yamagata.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, of the same party as Abe, is flying to Tokyo from Yamagata.

In another video, campaign officials encircled the popular former leader, who still heads Seiwakai.

Gunshots were heard during Abe's address. He collapsed grasping his chest, his shirt splattered with blood, yet could still talk.

Abe resigned in 2020, citing a recurrence of a long-standing health issue.

Since he was a youngster, Abe has had ulcerative colitis, which he claims can be managed with medication.

Since he was a youngster, Abe has had ulcerative colitis, which he claims can be managed with medication.

It was "gut wrenching," he told reporters at the time, to abandon so many of his objectives.

Abe is a political dynamo who was raised to carry on his grandpa Nobusuke Kishi's legacy as prime minister.