• Kyodo


A U.S. Marine was shot and seriously injured early Sunday by an unidentified man in a car as he was walking with two fellow servicemen in downtown Hiroshima, police said.

The 21-year-old sergeant, whose name was not released, and the two other marines are stationed at the U.S. base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday evening for leisure.

Hiroshima Prefectural Police said they are investigating the case as attempted murder and searching for the suspect.

The three were walking in the downtown area after drinking at a nearby restaurant at around 4 a.m. when a man driving a black car fired a shot from the left front window, police said.

The gunman then reportedly got out of the vehicle and pointed the weapon at the chest of one of the other marines, said a few words and fled in the car.

The gunman was described as 25 to 35 years old and about 165 cm tall. He wore white trousers and a black sweat shirt.

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