Japan's Shinzo Abe in 'severe condition' after being shot with handmade gun

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, shot Friday while campaigning before Sunday's parliamentary elections, is hospitalized in "severe condition" and doctors are trying to save his life, Abe's successor, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, said in an emotional press conference. "I pray from the bottom of the heart that he will survive this," he said, near tears. "This is a despicable and barbaric act that occurred in the midst of an election which is the foundation of democracy and absolutely cannot be tolerated."

Hospital and emergency response officials said Abe was initially conscious and responsive but then lost vital signs and entered a state of "cardiopulmonary arrest," which, The Washington Post reports, is "a term often used in Japan before death is officially confirmed."

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