Written by on October 31, 2023

Two people have been injured in a shooting at a hospital in the central Japanese city of Toda.

The two injured people have been identified as a doctor and an elderly patient.

The suspect, believed to be in the age range of 50 to 70, fled on a motorcycle and is currently at large.

Meanwhile, two hostages have also been taken inside a post office in neighbouring Warabi.

The hostages are two women in their 20s and 30s.

It is as yet unclear if the two incidents are connected.

Authorities have asked people living within a 300m radius of the Warabi post office to leave the area while buildings nearby have also been placed on lockdown.

Shootings are rare in Japan.

The country has strict gun ownership rules, and only allows civilians to own hunting rifles and air guns with owners to undergo strict exam and mental health tests.


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