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Third victim in Guam attack dies in the hospital

Kyodo

A Japanese man hospitalized following Tuesday’s knife and vehicle attack in Guam has died, raising the death toll to three, the Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday.

The victim, identified as Hitoshi Yokota, 51, was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by the assailant’s vehicle, the ministry said. According to hospital officials, Yokota died Thursday morning.

Besides Yokota, two Japanese women were killed and 10 other Japanese wounded by a man who randomly stabbed people with a knife after crashing his car into a convenience store Tuesday night in a major tourist area on the Pacific island, a U.S. territory, according to the ministry.

Hospital sources said Yokota’s injuries were caused by a vehicle, presumably the one driven by the assailant, Chad Ryan De Soto, 21.

According to local media, De Soto hit nine people with his vehicle before crashing into the ABC convenience store near the Outrigger Guam Resort, a hotel popular with Japanese tourists.

The two other fatalities have been identified by the Foreign Ministry as Rie Sugiyama, 28, and Kazuko Uehara, 81.

Of the other 10 victims, all Japanese, brought to Guam Memorial Hospital, four remained hospitalized at midday Thursday: a 51-year-old woman in guarded condition and a 70-year-old woman, a 3-year-old girl and an 8-month-old girl, all in stable condition, according to the hospital.

A 22-year-old woman in stable condition has been transferred to a hospital in Japan, while six others have been discharged.

De Soto was formally charged Wednesday with murder, attempted murder, assault and possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. He remains in custody, with bail set at $2 million.

He was quoted by prosecutors as telling police investigators that he wanted to injure as many people as possible, according to earlier reports.

Investigators have declined comment on whether De Soto was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But a police source said they have not excluded the possibility that he was under the influence of drugs.