A man from Machida, western Tokyo, died after being shot through the neck with a metal arrow near his home late Wednesday night, police said.

A neighbor reported hearing screams around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday before finding Hisashi Takahashi, 45, lying face down on a road near his house with an arrow protruding from his back, police said. He was shot from a spring-loaded bow, police believe.

Another neighbor reported that Takahashi called for his wife repeatedly after being shot. Takahashi, president of an industrial designing company in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, was rushed to a hospital, but died about four hours later.

About 15 cm of a pencil-thin, 30-cm arrow had pierced his neck, punctured his right lung and exited from his back, police said.

Before dying, Takahashi said a male stranger shot him and said nothing, police said, quoting the victim. None of his belongings were stolen, they said.

Takahashi, who was returning from work, is believed to have been shot at close range, between two and three meters away, shortly after getting out of his car, police said.

his wife and son in the newly developed residential area of some 4,600 households for the past 14 years.

In similar incidents, a female jogger was shot with an arrow by a man in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward in 1993, and a Chinese man was killed in Tokyo’s Taito Ward after an arrow pierced his forehead in 1996.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.