KYOTO (TR) – The president of the company that operates dumpling chain Gyoza no Ohsho (Gyoza King) was shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Kyoto on Thursday morning as he commuted to work, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Dec. 19).
An employee at Osho Food Service found Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, collapsed near a parking lot for the company’s headquarters in Yamashina Ward and phoned emergency services. “The president has collapsed and is bleeding. I am administering artificial respiration,” the employee said.
The president received wounds to the right part of his chest and abdomen. He was confirmed dead by emergency personnel at a nearby hospital.
The assailant fled the scene, and Kyoto Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation.
According to the Mainichi, Ohigashi typically arrives at the office from his home by car at the same time each morning.
Gyoza no Ohsho, founded in 1967, is a nationwide chain with a number of stores overseas that specializes in a variety of grilled dumplings, noodles and other dishes. As of March of this year, the company had 665 outlets.
Ohigashi took over as president in April of 2000.