Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot on Friday, died despite the efforts of his bodyguard who attempted to divert the bullet with a briefcase.
Abe was attacked at a campaign event in the western city of Nara after he began his speech. His death has shaken Japan, a country where gun violence is virtually nonexistent.
Video footage of his death surfaced showing different angles of the tragic incident and one footage shows his bodyguard’s efforts to stop the attack. During the speech, the first shot alerted the guards and when the second gunfire went off a bodyguard is seen jumping in front of the explosion with a briefcase.
However, Abe was shot and fell to the ground, while some of his guards tackled the suspect.
According to the police, a 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the incident in connection with the shooting. Following an investigation, the suspect, who was identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, reportedly confessed to shooting Abe with a homemade gun that was dropped at the scene. More seemly homemade weapons were also discovered at Yamagami’s residence by the police.
The Japanese politician reportedly died from his injuries despite the doctor’s efforts to save him.
The suspect, who claimed that he was previously a part of Japan’s Navy for three years, confessed to having a grudge against a group of persons who he believed was connected to Abe.
Watch the video footage of Shinzo Abe’s bodyguard trying to protect him below.