Japanese mayor dies after being shot by gangster

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April 17, 2007 22:02

 
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The mayor of the southwestern Japanese city of Nagasaki died hours after a yakuza gangster shot him Tuesday outside of a train station, Kyodo News agency reported. Mayor Iccho Ito was shot twice outside the city's main train station by a gangster reportedly disgruntled over damage to his car at a public works site, according to Nagasaki prefectural (state) police official Rumi Tsujimoto. Tetsuya Shiroo, a senior member of Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group, was arrested on the spot for attempted murder, police said. Shiroo has admitted to shooting Ito with a handgun with the intent to kill, Nagasaki chief investigator Kazuki Umebayashi said in a televised news conference.

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