Few particulars have been instantly out there concerning the incident, through which a person wearing camouflage stabbed a girl with a knife and shot what seemed to be a searching rifle within the metropolis of Nakano in Nagano prefecture, central Japan, NHK nationwide tv mentioned.
Two law enforcement officials additionally died, and one individual was injured, NHK added. The injured individual continues to be believed to be mendacity close by the scene of the incident, the general public broadcaster reported.
The perpetrator is believed to be barricaded in the home of town council president and a number of gunshots have been heard close by the location, Kyodo information company reported.
Crimes involving weapons are extraordinarily uncommon in Japan, the place gun possession is tightly regulated and anybody in search of to personal a gun should undergo a rigorous course of earlier than a licence is granted.