Shinzo Abe’s Shooter Reportedly Checked YouTube While Making Guns
The investigation into the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday found that the man behind the killing checked YouTube while making the gun used in the attack, local media cited sources. .
According to the Japan Times, investigative sources said that Tetsuya Yamagami, the gunman, testified that he had tested a homemade firearm at a facility affiliated with a religious group with which he had a grudge. Yamagami said his mother contributed a “huge sum” to the organization he believes Abe is involved in.
After Abe’s assassination, police found items believed to be explosives and several homemade firearms at Yamagami’s home, similar to the one used to kill Abe. Nara Prefectural Police said it looks like the suspect checked YouTube Japan Times reported.
Sources say the gun that Yamagami built to shoot Abe was designed to fire 6 bullets at a time. This weapon consists of two metal tubes held together with duct tape and uses bullets placed in small plastic casings that shoot out from both barrels. They say it is similar to a shotgun.
Sources also said that multiple wooden panels, each measuring about 1 square meter, with holes apparently made during weapon testing were found in Yamagami’s vehicle.
According to sources, the suspect said an aluminum-wrapped tray found in the vehicle was used to dry gunpowder. Yamagami was also quoted as saying that he tried to make a bomb and that he apparently went through trial and error to create such a device, the Japan Times reported.
Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old resident of the western Japanese city of Nara, shot Abe while he was giving a campaign speech on Friday.
The man denied that he committed the crime because he was against Abe’s political beliefs, according to police.
Police believe that Abe died from loss of blood. Police also said an autopsy determined there were two gunshot wounds, on his left arm and neck.
Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, resigns in 2020 citing health reasons.
He served as prime minister of Japan twice, from 2006-07 and again from 2012-20. He was succeeded by Yoshihide Suga and later by Fumio Kishida.