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Yakuza sought in izakaya shooting

TOKYO (TR) – Tochigi Prefectural Police are seeking a member of a criminal syndicate over a shooting at a restaurant in Tochigi City earlier this month that left a male customer seriously injured.

Police have placed Teruhiro Osawa, the 56-year-old boss of a gang affiliated with the Sumiyoshi-kai, on a nationwide wanted list on suspicion of attempted murder, reports NHK (July 29).

On Monday, police arrested Mitsuryo Komatsu, a 37-year-old member of the same gang, and Arashi Osawa, a male company employee, on the same charge.

At around 2:30 a.m. on July 21, a gunman struck the victim, aged in his 40s, in the abdomen with at least one bullet during a dispute inside the izakaya restaurant.

The victim was transported to a hospital in a conscious state. However, his condition is considered serious, the Tochigi Police Station said previously.

Teruhiro Osawa (Twitter)

Prior to the incident, the gunman and victim were part of a group of four or five persons that arrived at the restaurant.

The incident is believed to have taken place after the group got into a dispute, police said previously.