KYOTO--The president of a company that runs the popular Gyoza no Ohsho Chinese restaurant chain was shot and killed on Dec. 19 by someone who may have been familiar with his schedule, police sources said.
Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, head of Ohsho Food Service Corp., based in Kyoto’s Yamashina Ward, was found lying on his stomach in a parking lot in front of the head office around 7 a.m.
He had been shot three times, once in the right chest and twice in the left abdomen.
An employee who found Ohigashi called a fire department for an ambulance, saying: “Our president is down. He’s unconscious and is not breathing.”
When the ambulance arrived, the employee was giving artificial respiration to Ohigashi, but the president’s heart and lungs had already stopped functioning, sources said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police said they found several spent cartridges but no bullets in the parking lot.
According to Ohsho Food Service’s head office, Ohigashi usually came to work alone around 6:30 a.m. in a company-owned passenger car. On Dec. 19, the car was found in his usual parking space.
A company official said there were no reports of quarreling or suspicious characters around the office that morning.
“We don’t have any detailed information (on the incident),” a company official said.
According to police investigators, Ohigashi often swept in front of the head office before the start of regular working hours. A weekly magazine showed photos of Ohigashi sweeping the area in a recent edition.
Police said they suspect the assailant may have planned to use that time to attack Ohigashi.
Ohsho Food Service opened its first Gyoza no Ohsho restaurant in Kyoto in 1967, and has since opened outlets throughout the country. As of March this year, it was operating 665 restaurants, including some overseas.
Its sales in the year that ended in March 2013 reached 74.4 billion yen (about $715 million).
Ohigashi became the fourth president of the company in April 2000.
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