Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe was fatally shot

Shinzo Abe was the most powerful and influential figures of his nation, who died after being shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan

Abe, 67, was shot from behind minutes after he started his speech in Nara

He was airlifted to a hospital for emergency treatment but his heart had stopped functioning

Police arrested the suspected gunman at the scene of an attack that shocked many in Japan

Nara Medical University emergency department chief Hidetada Fukushima said Abe was in a state of cardio and pulmonary arrest when he arrived at the hospital 

Abe was Japan's longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2020

Nara prefectural police confirmed the arrest of Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, on suspicion of attempted murder

NHK reported that the suspect served in the Maritime Self-Defense Force for three years in the 2000s

Abe political rhetoric often focused on making Japan a "normal" and "beautiful" nation with a stronger military and bigger role in international affairs.

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