A police officer shot and wounded a 27-year-old man after he attacked a woman and her 5-year-old son as they walked along a street in Kyoto on Tuesday night.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. in Kita Ward. Fuji TV reported that the 40-year-old woman, her son and 3-year-old daughter were walking home when a man, whom they did not know and who was walking toward them, suddenly pulled out a knife with a 6-cm blade and attacked the boy.
The boy was taken to hospital with wounds to his head and stomach and is in a stable condition, police said Wednesday. The boy's sister was unharmed.
Police said that the suspect, Takenori Konishi, had been involved in an argument with a neighbor prior to the attack. The woman called 110 at around 7:05 p.m. after Konishi pounded on her door, saying he was going to kill her.
When a police officer arrived on the scene, Konishi tried to flee. The officer fired a warning shot and then four shots into Konishi's thigh and legs after he charged at the policeman.
Police said they will wait until Konishi recovers before questioning him about his motive for the attack.
Konishi's mother told reporters on Wednesday that her son had been diagnosed as being schizophrenic and had been hospitalized in the past.© Japan Today