Photos: Shinzo Abe, former prime minister of Japan, assassinated at campaign event

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on a street in western Japan on Friday by a gunman who shot him from behind during a campaign speech – an attack that stunned a nation with some of the toughest gun control laws in the world.

Abe, 67, who was Japan’s longest-serving leader when he stepped down in 2020, collapsed bleeding and was flown to a nearby hospital. He was later pronounced dead after receiving massive blood transfusions, officials said.

Nara Medical University emergency room chief Hidetada Fukushima said Abe suffered severe damage to his heart, along with two neck wounds that damaged an artery.

A suspected gunman was arrested at the scene and identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, a former member of the Japanese Navy. Public broadcaster NHK reported that he said he wanted to kill Abe for reasons unrelated to politics.

People pray at a site outside Yamato-Saidaiji train station where Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead

People pray in front of a street memorial in Nara, Japan, for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot while speaking at a campaign rally on Friday.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after being shot

Abe lies on the ground as others come to his aid after he was shot dead in Nara, Japan on Friday.

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Abe is wheeled on a stretcher after arriving at a hospital by helicopter

Abe is taken to Nara Medical University Hospital on a stretcher after arriving by helicopter.

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An aerial view shows police working at the crime scene at Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara

Onlookers stand on the sidewalk as police officers and other emergency responders work at the crime scene at Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara, Japan, after Abe was shot dead.

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Tetsuya Yamagami, center, with a gun, is arrested near where the gun was shot in Nara, western Japan

A security guard grabs suspect Tetsuya Yamagami with a homemade gun after Abe is shot.

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Tetsuya Yamagami, below, is arrested near the shooting in western Japan's Nara Prefecture on Friday

Yamagami is brought to the ground by a security guard after Friday’s shooting in Nara, Japan.

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A woman wipes away tears at a makeshift memorial to Abe

A woman wipes away tears Friday night outside a makeshift memorial at the site where former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead.

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A man prays at a site outside Yamato-Saidaiji Station where Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead

A man prays at the street memorial to Shinzo Abe in Nara, Japan.

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In 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, at the Group of Seven Summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

In 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center) joins another group of 7 leaders around former President Trump during a summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), centre, raises his fist

In 2019, during the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan annual convention, Shinzo Abe, center, raises his fist to show his unity with party officials Katsunobu Kato (left) and Toshihiro Nikai.

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, reviews the honor guard at a ceremony for the Ministry of Defense

In 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews the honor guard during a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo.

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Pope Francis accompanies Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo

In 2019, Abe walks with Pope Francis following the Pope’s arrival at the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo.

(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo)

President Obama looks on as Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, wears a wreath

In 2016, President Obama watches as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lays a wreath in front of the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

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