After 4 dead in an attack in Japan, the lawmaker’s son arrested
STORY: An extremely rare shooting and stabbing attack in Nakano, a rural town in central Japan, ended Friday with the deaths of four people.
The suspect, who was arrested after a 12-hour standoff with police, is the 31-year-old son of the head of Nakano City Council in Nagano Prefecture.
Police responded Thursday night to reports that a man in camouflage stabbed a woman and fired a shotgun.
The son then barricaded himself in his father’s house with the gun and fired on police, the gunshot caught on video late at night.
Two police officers were shot dead.
The woman who was stabbed was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.
Another elderly woman also died after an apparent knife attack.
Local reports say she had been lying on the ground outside her house since Thursday afternoon and police had been unable to reach her.
Few other details were known, including the suspect’s motive. The suspect’s mother and aunt who were in the house with him had escaped to safety.
Nagano Police Chief Iwao Koyama: “This is a heinous crime that has caused great fear among the residents of the prefecture and society at large.”
Despite the shooting and murder of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year, shootings are extremely rare in the country, where gun ownership is tightly controlled and a rigorous vetting process exists for anyone want to own a firearm.
According to the National Public Safety Commission, the suspect had a license for a shotgun.