At approximately 1300 local time (0400 UTC) on 31 October 2023, a shooting occurred at Toda Chuo General Hospital in the city of Toda, located approximately 25 km (15 mi) north of Tokyo. Two individuals sustained injuries in the shooting. Local media reports suggest that the suspected gunman then fled the scene on a motorcycle and barricaded himself inside a post office in the adjacent city of Warabi, located about 2 km from Toda. The gunman is believed to have taken at least one person hostage inside the post office. Police officers have surrounded the post office and nearby buildings have been placed on lockdown. Authorities have urged residents living within a 300 m (985 ft) radius of the site to evacuate the area. The gunman’s motive is currently unknown.