Yakuza arrested in shooting at Kabukicho office

Two bullets were fired into the door of an office used by affiliates of the Yamaguchi-gumi
Two bullets were fired into the door of an office used by affiliates of the Yamaguchi-gumi

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested an organized crime member for involvement in a shooting incident at a rival office in Shinjuku Ward three years ago, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 15).

On December 19 of 2012, Toshiki Koyabu, 47, and two other suspects are alleged to have participating in the firing of two bullets into the door of a second-floor entrance of an office used by affiliates of the Yamaguchi-gumi in the Kabukicho red-light district.

Koyabu, who has been charged with violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law, has refused to comment on the allegations.

The incident was one of three to take place that month involving the gangs. The other two incidents took place in Musashino City and Saitama Prefecture’s Kawaguchi City, in which an 86-year-old male received wounds to his hand and stomach after being shot outside an office of the Sumiyoshi-kai.

According to police, the cause of the violence was a dispute over a bank-fraud scam. The incidents started following a meeting between the two gangs at a coffee shop in Kabukicho.

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