Japanese leader Fumio Kishida said doctors “were doing everything they can” to save the 67-year-old.
“I am hoping and praying that Abe will survive this,” Kishida said on Friday afternoon. The Japanese prime minister said the attack on Abe during a Japanese election campaign was an attack on “the very foundation of democracy”.
“It is barbaric, malicious and cannot be tolerated,” he said.
Japan’s national broadcaster NHK earlier reported that two gunshots were heard at the scene.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno confirmed Abe has been shot.