TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group and three others for participation in the shooting of a rival gang member last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 29).
Officers from the anti-organized crime division took Keisuke Noguchi, 44, Norio Komatsutsuka, a 44-year-old former upper member of the Yamaguchi-gumi, and two others into custody on attempted murder charges for the shooting of a 30-year-old member of the Sumiyoshi-kai criminal syndicate in Kokubunji City, Tokyo.
On March 27, 2012, the Sumiyoshi-kai member received serious wounds in his leg and abdomen from two rounds fired from a pistol-wielding assailant on a road near JR Kokubunji Station.
Noguchi and one other suspect have reportedly denied the allegations, while Komatsutsuka and the fourth suspect have admitted involvement.
Officers are now investigating whether a dispute between the gangs led to the incident.