KITAKYUSHU (TR) – On Thursday morning, officers from the Fukuoka Prefectural Police raided the Kitakyushu headquarters of the Kudo-kai organized crime group over the shooting of a construction company president the day before, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Jan. 19).
At about 9:30 a.m., approximately 80 dark-suited officers from the anti-organized crime unit entered the premises as 40 members from the riot squad stood by. Cardboard boxes containing seized items were removed during the 40-minute search.
All told, investigators raided approximately 10 locations across the prefecture. The Mainichi Shimbun reports that among them was the residence of an upper Kudo-kai boss, Satoru Nomura.
The day before, Takashi Kurose, 52, president of contractor Kurose Construction, located in Nakama City, was struck in the abdomen and arm by at least three rounds from a pistol-wielding assailant aged around 40 and wearing black clothing and a white face mask.
Broadcaster NHK reported that police had initially suspected gang involvement in the shooting.