TOKYO — Police in western Japan searched Monday for an assailant who burst into a regional office of a leading Tokyo newspaper and began firing a shotgun at reporters, killing one and seriously wounding another.
Investigators were unsure of a motive but said that Sunday night's shooting did not appear to be random. The case immediately drew nationwide attention in Japan, where virtually all private ownership of guns is forbidden and fatal shootings are rare.
Initial speculation focused on threats that the slain reporter, Tomohiro Kojiri, received late last year after he published a story critical of tactics used by police against Japan's Korean minority.
Regional News Bureau
The shooting occurred at a regional bureau of Asahi, one of the country's leading newspapers, in Nishinomiya, outside the city of Kobe, about 300 miles southwest of Tokyo.