A man died and three others were injured in a shooting at a construction company’s offices in the city of Wakayama on Monday.
The shooter, a man in his 40s or 50s, is on the run.
Police said there is no indication that the attack on employees of construction firm Wadai Kogyo was a yakuza hit.
The victims were shot in the stomach and legs.
Local residents expressed shock. Shootings are rare in Japan, where there are strict firearm control laws. Gun crime usually involves rivalries between yakuza groups.
Police identified the casualties as men in their 40s. The dead victim was named as Junsuke Ishiyama, 45.
Residents in the city expressed unease as the suspected shooter remains at large.
Source: Japan Times Image: ANN