At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in an attack by intruders to the site for people with disabilities. The attack occurred West of Tokyo. This tragedy became one of the most deadly mass killings in Japan since the Second world war.
Nine men and 10 women, aged 18 to 70 years, were killed in the attack.
Fellow Satomi Kurihara from the fire Department confirmed the number of deaths at the facility in Sagamihara, residential area, approximately 40 km (25 miles) West of the capital. About 3 a.m., Uematsu appeared at the police station, carrying a bloody knife, said officials. He worked there since 2012. It is unclear what he did there, or he left, or was fired. He was a teacher and former colleagues said he was personable and great with the kids. Neighbors were shocked to learn about his involvement in the incident.
While the motivation for the attack remains unknown, rich reported that the suspect received a letter Japanese legislature outlining the society in which they were allowed euthanasia of the disabled.
Of the 26 people who were injured, 13 of them in serious condition, according to a local official. 10 people received moderate injuries and the remaining 3 people minor injuries. They are treated in several local hospitals.
In a brief press conference, Japanese Secretary General of the Cabinet yoshihide Suga confirmed that there was no connection with terror. He added that the government will analyze the information from the city government and police Department. A total of 222 people work at the facility, but only nine - one of whom was a security guard, was on the spot when the incident occurred.
The incident sent shock waves through Japan, where mass killings are rare. Since gun ownership is extremely limited, attacks with machetes and poisoning are more common told CNN, Paula Hancocks.
In June 2001, 8 children were killed when a former janitor entered the Ikeda elementary school in Osaka and began to cut the students in random order.
In June 2008, a man ran over a group of people with his truck and then stabbed 18, killing seven, in the famous game the Tokyo district of Akihabara.
The biggest loss in recent history Japan was in 1982, when 24 people were killed after the pilot of a Japan Air Lines crashed into Tokyo Bay.
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