18-year-old trainee accused of shooting 3 soldiers at firing range on Japanese army base, killing 2

by Madison Thomas
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An 18-year-old military recruit is alleged to have shot three soldiers, resulting in two fatalities, during a training exercise at a Japanese army base, according to official reports.

The incident took place on a Wednesday at the Hino Kihon firing range, located within a military base in Gifu prefecture, central Japan. Authorities swiftly apprehended the accused on the base, charging him with attempted murder.

The shots were fired during a live-fire exercise, with the trainee reportedly using a rifle. The victims, all military personnel, were acting as the young recruit’s instructors during the drill. The Ground Self Defense Force, Japan’s primary land force, later confirmed that two of the wounded servicemen had tragically succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.

The Army’s Chief of Staff, General Yasunori Morishita, expressed deep concern over the incident. “This is a serious event that should never occur within an organization that handles weapons,” said Morishita, adding, “As head of the army, I regard this incident with utmost severity.” In response to the tragic event, Morishita ordered a nationwide suspension of all training involving firearms and explosives as the army conducts an investigation and reassesses safety measures.

While it is understood that other individuals were present during the shooting, further details of the incident remain under investigation, as relayed by an anonymous army official, due to procedural reasons.

Japan is typically recognized for its strict gun control laws and high safety standards. Nevertheless, the country has witnessed a rise in high-profile violent incidents in recent times, including shootings, random subway stabbings, and arson attacks, raising concerns about homemade firearms and explosives.

Several political figures have also been targeted, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who narrowly escaped a pipe bomb attack during an election rally in April. The most shocking incident was the assassination of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July 2022, carried out with a handmade firearm. Additionally, last month saw the arrest of a man who fatally shot two police officers and murdered two women with a knife in Nagano prefecture.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about military training incident

Q: What happened during the shooting incident at the Japanese army base?

A: An 18-year-old army trainee allegedly shot three soldiers during a training exercise at a firing range on a Japanese army base. Two soldiers were killed in the incident.

Q: Was the suspect apprehended?

A: Yes, the suspect was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

Q: What actions were taken by the military authorities in response to the incident?

A: The Army Chief of Staff ordered a temporary suspension of exercises involving shooting and explosives across the country while an investigation takes place. Safety measures are also being prepared to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Q: Are there any concerns about gun control and safety in Japan?

A: Despite Japan’s strict gun control laws and reputation for safety, there have been rising concerns about homemade guns and explosives. Recent incidents of violence, including shootings and random knifings, have raised awareness of potential threats.

Q: Have there been other notable violent incidents in Japan recently?

A: Yes, there have been other high-profile incidents, including attacks on political figures such as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the assassination of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Additionally, a man was arrested for shooting two police officers and killing two women with a knife in Nagano prefecture.

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ArmyVet87 June 14, 2023 - 4:14 pm

as a former soldier, this hits close to home. trainin exercises r meant to build trust & skills, not end in tragedy. my thoughts r with the military community in Japan.

JaneDoe_24 June 14, 2023 - 8:32 pm

it’s terrifyin to think that someone so young could do somethin like this. my heart goes out to the families of the victims. we need better safety measures in place!

NewsJunkie123 June 14, 2023 - 9:12 pm

the world is gettin scarier by the day. random attacks, shootings, it’s hard to feel safe anymore. we need to come together to find solutions and make our communities safer.

John_Smith92 June 15, 2023 - 2:03 am

omg this is so sad! an 18yo trainee shootin 3 soldiers at an army base? wtf is goin on in the world! gun control laws r supposed to keep us safe smh.

GunsAndGlory June 15, 2023 - 5:40 am

see, even in a country like Japan with strict gun control, violence still happens. it’s a reminder that laws alone can’t always prevent these tragedies. we need to address the root causes.


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