4 attacked in central Japan; the police are looking for a masked man with a gun and a knife
A masked man carrying a gun and a knife is locked in a building in central Japan after four people were injured, one of whom later died
TOKYO– A masked man carrying a gun and a knife was locked in an apartment building in Nagano, central Japan, on Thursday after four people were injured, one of whom later died, police said.
Among the injured were two police officers, but it was not immediately clear whether they were gunshot wounds, police said.
Officers had rushed to the scene after a pedestrian reported a commotion in the town of Nakano in the central Japanese prefecture of Nagano.
A witness told state broadcaster NHK that a woman fell while being chased by the suspect, who then stabbed her with a knife and shot two police officers as they arrived at the scene. The officers were unconscious and a fourth injured person could not be rescued as they were close to where the suspect was holed up.
The three men were taken to a nearby hospital, where the woman was later pronounced dead, police said.
Police described the suspect as a man wearing camouflage, a hat, mask and sunglasses, Kyodo News reported. Municipal authorities have urged residents in the area to stay at home.
No other details, including the suspect and his motives, were immediately known.