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Man found dead in car on rail crossing suspected of killing woman

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A man who was found dead in his car on a rail crossing in Chiba Prefecture on Tuesday morning is believed to have killed a woman a few hours earlier.

According to police, a train driver on the JR Sotobo Line spotted a car on a crossing near Yatsumie Station in Chosei-mura at around 3:50 a.m. Tuesday and stopped the train, Fuji TV reported. Police found a man, later identified as Shinji Umeda, 41, in the driver’s seat, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. A gun was on the seat beside him.

At 6:30 a.m., the body of a 61-year-old woman was found on an isolated farm road in Mobara city, about seven kilometers away. The woman had been shot in the head. Police said Wednesday she had been shot by the same gun. They said that from her personal belongings they were able to ascertain that she and Umeda knew each other, and both were from Aichi Prefecture.

Police believe Umeda killed the woman and then himself.

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How did he get a gun?

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Man,there are so many bizarre crimes over especially involving family members.

If you haven't tried the 'Tokyo Reporter' website yet you should do.......today it is lit up with family killings that most news sources in Japan leave well alone to keep up its utopia image.

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How did he get a gun?

As usual, we'll have to wait for more details. But from the description of the area, it seems a bit inaka, so it isn't that uncommon for a person to have a shotgun license, or other type of gun license in inaka.

I'm more confused by the ages; 41 and 61. I wonder what the relationship between them was?

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A Gun?? are you sure? or is this a typo???

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The gun, by extrapolation, could infer that the man had Yakuza connections, if not full-fledged membership...

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Bizarre and sad news, plus one. How ever did this driver manage to stop the train in time? An alert driver at last.

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Umm, guns exist in Japan. Shotguns being one of the easiest to be licensed for. But these stiffs (RIP) are from Aichi. Yakuza.

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Could this be a case of the son killing his mother? AGAIN

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By coincidence met someone from Mobara last week...apparently that town is rife with yakuza.

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By coincidence met someone from Mobara last week...apparently that town is rife with yakuza.

To be fair, there's not much else to do there.

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Police believe Umeda killed the woman and then himself.

The order sounds right.

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How did he get a gun?

Probably found it in a konbini toilet after a cop left it in there.

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@garypen you beat me to it! darn!

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