In Toda, a central city in Japan, a hospital shooting has left two people injured.
The person responsible, believed to be between 50 and 70 years old, escaped on a motorcycle and is currently on the run.
At the same time, there are reports from local media that two people have been taken hostage in a nearby post office in Warabi.
It’s not clear if these two incidents are related, but sources suggest the person holding hostages in the post office may also be the hospital shooting suspect.
Video footage shows a man with a gun at the entrance of the post office near Toda Chuo General Hospital, where the shooting took place.
The victims in the hospital shooting are a doctor and an elderly patient, while the hostages in the post office are two women in their 20s and 30s.
The post office in Warabi is approximately 1.5 miles from the Toda Chuo General Hospital.
The area is now surrounded by police and ambulances.
The hospital shooting was first reported around 1:00 PM local time, and the hostage situation in Warabi came to light around 2:15 PM.
Tokyo police have sent a special investigations team trained to handle hostage situations to the scene.
Authorities have also asked people living within a 300-meter radius of the Warabi post office to evacuate, and nearby buildings have been locked down.
It’s important to note that gun-related incidents are rare in Japan due to the country’s strict rules on gun ownership.
In Japan, civilians are only allowed to own hunting rifles and airguns, and they must pass stringent exams and mental health tests to do so.