Tochigi: Restaurant shooting leaves man seriously injured; gunman at large
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 23
One male customer at a restaurant in Tochigi Prefecture was seriously injured in a shooting early Sunday. The gunman remains at large, police said, reports NHK (July 21).

At around 2:30 a.m., the gunman struck the victim, aged in his 40s, in the abdomen with at least one bullet during a dispute inside the izakaya restaurant, located in the Asahicho area.

The victim was transported to a hospital in a conscious state. However, his condition is considered serious, the Tochigi Police Station said.

Prior to the incident, the gunman and victim were part of a group of four or five persons that arrived at the restaurant. Afterward, the gunman, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, fled the izakaya, which is located about 1 kilometer from JR Tochigi Station.

The incident, which took place after the group got into a dispute, is believed to have been the result of a problem within a criminal syndicate, police said.

Police are seeking the whereabouts of the gunman on suspicion of attempted murder.

21日未明、栃木県の飲食店でグループ客同士が口論になった末、40代の男性が拳銃で撃たれて重傷です。犯人は拳銃を持ったまま逃走中です。 午前2時半ごろ、栃木市の飲食店で「40代の男性が拳銃で撃たれた」と友人の女性から119番通報がありました。男性は拳銃の弾1発で胸を撃たれていて重傷です。警察によりますと、当時、店内では4、5人ずつのグループ同士が口論になっていたということです。撃った犯人は拳銃を持ったまま、他のメンバーとともに逃走しています。警察は拳銃発砲、殺人未遂事件として緊急配備を敷いて行方を追っています。
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