A violent attack with Japanese swords and survival knives at Tokyo's famed Tomioka Hachimangu shrine has left three dead - including the chief priestess and her brother - in an apparent family feud that turned deadly.
Police said that Nagako Tomioka, the 58-year-old head of Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, was attacked as she got out of her vehicle Thursday night. The brother then appears to have killed his accomplice before taking his own life.
The accomplice attacked the driver with a samurai sword and pursued him as he ran out of the temple grounds and about 300 feet down a road, police said. At a spot about 100 meters away from the vehicle, she slashed his right shoulder, leaving him with a non-life-threatening injury.
Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, and an accomplice were hiding behind her house, police said.
A bloodied Samurai sword was reportedly found at the scene.
Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in Tokyo, was attacked by Shigenaga Tomoika, 56, as she got out of a auto on Thursday evening.
The attacker was the chief priest of the shrine more than a decade ago, but was demoted from the post and succeeded by his sister.
The four victims were believed to be associated with the shrine. The shrine, located roughly 100 meters east of Monzen-Nakacho Station, is also the birthplace of the Edo-period fundraising sumo. The shrine left the association on September 28 this year.