OSAKA — A former gangster found dead last week just as Osaka police began investigating his suspected involvement in a series of shootings may have had money issues with one of the victims, investigation sources said Monday.

Kazuo Konoura, 57, who ran a money-lending business from his home in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, is the main suspect in three separate shootings Wednesday night that left one person dead and two in critical condition. The fatality, 50-year-old pub manager Takeyoshi Kono, appears to have been one of Konoura’s clients.

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