Shinji Aoba Bio: He is the suspect of starting the fire at Kyoto Animation in Japan. 33 people killed and injured in this incidence. There were around 70 people inside the building at the time of the fire.
The Kyoto offices are located in a residential area in the city of Kyoto, which is 30 miles north of Osaka.
Shinji Aoba Bio
He was born in 1971. He is accused of wheeling a cart carrying at least one bucket of gasoline to the building’s entrance, shouting “You die” and setting off the worst mass killing in Japan in two decades, Nippon TV reported, citing police.
“I did it,” Aoba, who is hospitalized with severe burns, told authorities, Kyodo News reported.
A Kyoto Fushimi Police spokesman said authorities were not yet aware of a link between the suspect and the studio, according to CNN.
Twelve men, 20 women and another person whose gender was unknown died in the conflagration, which also left 35 others injured. All of those who perished were studio employees, CNN reported.
After completing his sentence, he briefly lived in a shelter for former convicts before moving to his current apartment, where he lives on welfare, the news outlet reported.
He also had run-ins with his neighbors over the noise that police have responded to.
Thursday’s fire spread so rapidly that many of the 74 people who were in the building did not have time to flee, police told CNN. Several people suffered broken bones when they jumped from the second and third floors.
On Friday, anime fans and mourners arrived at the ravaged building, where they laid flowers in tribute to the victims.
“I was so encouraged by the KyoAni works,” said one young fan, calling the studio by its popular name, according to CNN. “I have no words to say in sorrow.”
Kyoto Animation CEO Hideaki Yata said the company had received death threats by mail, which had been sent to authorities.
“They are the people who carry Japan’s animation industry on their shoulders. I can’t bear to accept the fact they are being hurt or losing their lives,” he said.
Kyoto Animation Victims
Thursday’s fire spread so rapidly that many of the 74 people who were in the building did not have time to flee.
Several people suffered broken bones when they jumped from the second and third floors.
Aoba was among the injured persons, he is being treated at a hospital for burns to his face, chest and other body parts.