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Misao KATAGIRI

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Spree shootings
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 29, 1965
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: April 15, 1947
Victim profile: One police officer
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Status: Executed by hanging on July 21, 1972
 
 

The Zama and Shibuya shootings were the double spree shootings in Japan on July 29, 1965 by Misao Katagiri (片桐 操 Katagiri Misao, April 15, 1947 July 21, 1972), which left one police officer dead and 17 people injured, but he was finally captured by police officers. Katagiri was later executed by Japan.

Katagiri was born in Setagaya, Tokyo and reportedly loved guns. On July 29, 1965, he shot dead one policeman and injured another with a rifle in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He stole a handgun and hijacked four cars. In Shibuya, Tokyo, he entered a gun shop near the Shibuya fire station and took four hostages, which resulted in a gun battle with the police. About 5,000 people, including Norio Nagayama, witnessed the gunfight, during which he injured 16 people. One hostage attacked him and police officers eventually captured him.

Katagiri was sentenced to death and was executed on July 21, 1972. He was featured as one of 13 condemned criminals on Kimiko Otsuka's book Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan (死刑囚の最後の瞬間, lit. "The Last Moment of Condemned Criminals"), which was released as a bunkobon by Kadokawa Shoten in June 1996 though was originally released as Ano Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan (あの死刑囚の最後の瞬間, lit. "The Last Moment of Those Condemned Criminals") in February 1992

 

 
 
 
 
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