WAKAYAMA - An 11-year-old primary school student was stabbed to death in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, on Thursday. Police are now searching for the suspect, who is thought to be in possession of a knife.
According to police, Toshi Morita, a fifth-grader at Nate Primary School, was found with stab wounds in an empty lot in the city near his home. Police were alerted to the stabbing after receiving an emergency call from a resident in the community, saying, "A child was attacked," at about 4:20 p.m. on Thursday.
Morita was found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and pronounced dead about three hours later at a hospital.
A man with a knife, appearing to be around 30 years old, was seen standing by Morita and walked off in a northward direction. Police are trying to find the man, who is suspected of stabbing Morita.
According to police and other sources, Morita sustained several wounds on his chest, head and arms, and was found lying on his back less than 20 meters from his home.
The man is about 170 centimeters tall and was wearing a navy blue jacket and protective goggles. No knives or other weapons were found at the scene. Some sources said the man fled carrying a saw and an ax.
According to police, Morita was living with his 66-year-old father and 12-year-old brother who is a first-year middle school student. The scene of the crime is an otherwise peaceful rural area.