Wanted suspect identified in fatal eatery shooting

Kyodo

Police continued their manhunt Tuesday for a 65-year-old man wanted in the fatal shooting the previous day of a 62-year-old man in a restaurant in Togane, Chiba Prefecture.

Witnesses said Chong Yong Bom, who also goes by the Japanese name Tomio Ishikawa, fled with the gun after shooting Yoshiaki Furukawa at around 10:05 a.m. at a Denny’s restaurant, according to the police.

They released a photo of Chong and raided his home in Togane on Tuesday.Chong and Furukawa are believed to have links to organized crime groups and got into financial troubles, according to the police.

They obtained an arrest warrant for Chong on suspicion of murder and violating the gun control law.

Furukawa arrived at the restaurant at around 8:45 a.m. with four other people, and the shooter joined them later, according to investigative sources.

Chong and Furukawa probably had a dispute over money, the sources said.

National Public Safety Commission Chairman Jin Matsubara said this type of crime, which could easily victimize ordinary citizens, should be strongly condemned.