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Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo collapsed on the street in the western city of Nara while making a speech for an election campaign.

The fire department says he is showing no vital signs. Police say a man has been taken into custody.

Abe was supporting a Liberal Democratic Party candidate's election campaign. He collapsed at around 11: 30 a.m. and was taken to a hospital.

The fire department says he is in cardiopulmonary arrest. He is scheduled to be taken by medevac to a different hospital. Police say Abe appears to have been shot from behind with a shotgun.

An NHK reporter who was at the scene says Abe was bleeding. The reporter heard what sounded like gun going off twice.

The site is near Yamatosaidaiji Station in Nara City.

(NHK)