A former employee of a construction firm in the western city of Wakayama has been placed on a wanted list for his suspected involvement in a fatal shooting incident at the company, police said Tuesday.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Yasuhide Mizobata, 45, a former employee of the company and the second son of the company’s president, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder for a shooting Monday morning that left one dead, one unconscious, and two seriously injured.
Mizobata is believed to have committed the crime while out on bail following a violation of the stimulant control laws, and was scheduled to be put in prison Monday as his sentence for the crime was confirmed, investigators told Kyodo News. He was indicted and arrested last year for the drug crime, they said.
Security camera footage showed Mizobata leaving the company with a bag shortly after the shooting that took place around 8:50 a.m. and heading towards a car parked in the company’s parking lot, the police said.
The injured workers told police the suspect shot them with a gun he produced from a bag. Since the gun was not found at the site, the investigators believe Mizobata has it in his possession while on the run.
Mizobata’s car was seen parked in a parking lot of JR Wakayama Station on Monday afternoon, and footage of a man matching his description was captured by multiple security cameras around the station, according to the police.
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