Zama and Shibuya shootings

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, at the conclusion of which he was captured by police officers. Katagiri was later executed.[1]

Zama and Shibuya shootings
LocationZama, Kanagawa Prefecture and Shibuya, Tokyo in Japan
DateJuly 29, 1965
11:00–19:18 (UTC+09:00)
Attack type
Spree shooting, hostage crisis, shootout
WeaponsRifle, Handgun
PerpetratorMisao Katagiri
Misao Katagiri
Born(1947-04-15)April 15, 1947
DiedJuly 21, 1972(1972-07-21) (aged 25)
Miyagi Prison, Japan
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Criminal statusExecuted
Criminal penaltyDeath
DateJuly 29, 1965
11:00–19:18 (UTC+09:00)
Location(s)Zama & Shibuya, 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.[2] One hostage attacked him and police officers eventually captured him. Katagiri was sentenced to death and was executed on July 21, 1972.

See AlsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ano Shikeishū no Saigo no Shunkan" (in Japanese). Books Kinokuniya. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  2. ^ 少年ライフル魔事件 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-03-19.

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