Abe shooter watched YouTube for how to make guns: report

The investigation into the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed on Sunday that the man behind the murder viewed YouTube while making the gun used in the attack, reported local media citing sources.

According to the Japan Times, investigative sources said Tetsuya Yamagami, the shooter, said he tested a homemade weapon at a facility linked to a religious group he harbored a grudge against. Yamagami said his mother made a “huge donation” to the organization, which he believes Abe was associated with.

After Abe’s assassination, police found items believed to be explosives and several homemade weapons at Yamagami’s home, similar to the one used to kill Abe. Nara Prefectural Police said it appears the suspect viewed YouTube prior to the attack during repeated attempts to make firearms, the Japan Times reported.

The weapon Yamagami made to shoot Abe was “designed to fire six projectiles at once”, sources said. The weapon consisted of two metal pipes held together by tape and using projectiles placed in small plastic shells fired from the two barrels. It was similar to a shotgun, they said.

The sources also said that several wooden planks, each measuring approximately 1 square meter, with holes apparently made during weapons testing, were found in Yamagami’s car.

The suspect said an aluminum-covered tray found in the vehicle had been used to dry gunpowder, the sources said. Yamagami was also quoted as saying that he had attempted to make a bomb and that he appears to have gone through a process of trial and error to produce such a device, the Japan Times reported.

Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old resident of Nara city in western Japan, shot Abe as he delivered a campaign speech on Friday.

The man denied committing the crime because he opposed Abe’s political beliefs, police said.

Police say Abe died of a hemorrhage. Police also said the autopsy determined there were two gunshot wounds, on the left upper arm and neck.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, resigned in 2020 for health reasons. He served as Prime Minister of Japan twice, from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He was succeeded by Yoshihide Suga and later by Fumio Kishida.

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