19 people have been reportedly killed at the care center for people with mental disabilities in Sagamihara, Tokyo. It has been claimed as worst mass killing in decades.
Murderer, Satoshi Uematsu, 26, was reported to be the former employee who broke a window to get inside and then began stabbing people. Later he went to nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. Police have arrested Satoshi on suspicion of attempted murder and unlawful entry to a building.
He told police that he wanted people with disabilities to Disappear.
The victims were aged between 19 and 70. Another 25 people were injured, 20 seriously. Both men and women were reported to be among the dead.
“I woke up and was shocked to hear what had happened,” TV Asahi quoted a resident of the area as saying. “This sort of things never happened here before. Helicopters were flying and everything.”
Local police have said the suspect sent a handwritten letter to politicians in February in which he threatened to kill hundreds of disabled people. He was detained for almost two weeks before being released.
Mass killings are unusual in Japan, which also has extremely strict gun control laws.