Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was rushed to the hospital after being shot on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reports. Abe collapsed during a campaign speech at about 11:30 a.m. in the western city of Nara, and an NHK reporter heard two gunshots. Both NHK and Kyodo News, citing police sources, said Abe was shot from behind with a shotgun, and Kyodo News reports that the former prime minister is not conscious and appears to be in cardiac arrest. A suspect is reportedly in custody.
Abe is Japan's longest-serving prime minister, holding office from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.