A 66-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a well-known doctor over in Japan in a rare gun violence case.

Killed was Junichi Suzuki who was shot dead after he was held hostage by the 66-year-old suspect identified as Hiroshi Watanabe in Fujimono which is just north of Tokyo, the Japan Times reported.

Before the incident, three medical personnel reportedly visited the suspect’s home in Saitama Prefecture at around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. Two of them were shot by a hunting gun, including Suzuki who was also taken hostage.

The 11-hour standoff ended on early Friday morning, Jan. 28, after police stormed Watanabe’s home.

Suzuki was brought to the hospital but eventually died. The other unnamed victim who was shot, a 41-year-old physiotherapist is still reportedly unconscious. The third suspect was also taken to the hospital and was also injured with tear gas spray according to police.

The three medical personnel visited Watanabe after the latter’s mother died the day before. It was added that all of them were in charge of the medical care of Watanabe’s mother.

It appears Watanabe was irate at the medical attention that the three victims gave to his mother. It was the 66-year-old who invited all three of them to his home. Two handguns were reportedly found at Watanabe’s abode.

Local police were alerted of the situation when neighbors reported hearing gunshots and also found one man bleeding from the chest and stomach inside the house. A 32-year-old man was allegedly able to flee the house and scamper to a police station.

Police tried to talk with Watanabe via phone but the 66-year-old made no requests or demands according to a report by BBC.

It was later learned that Watanabe and his late mother moved to the area several years ago. Since then, the 66-year-old looked after her mom who was bedridden.

A police officer stands guard by the entrance gate at the University of Tokyo
A police officer stands guard by the entrance gate at the University of Tokyo Getty Images | STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

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