Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries, known for his work exposing the Dutch underworld, was shot and seriously injured on an Amsterdam street.
“Peter de Vries was shot down at Lange Leidsedwarsstraat,” police said in a statement, referring to a street near one of the city’s largest public squares, where he had been in a television studio early in the evening.
He was taken to a nearby hospital in “serious condition,” police said, asking for eyewitnesses to appear.
Police cordoned off the area as crowds gathered near the site of the incident.
De Vries, 64, is a celebrity in the Netherlands, as a frequent commentator on crime TV shows and as an expert crime reporter with sources in both law enforcement and the underworld.
He is known for his investigative work following the 1983 kidnapping of beer mogul Freddy Heineken. He won an International Emmy Award in 2008 for his work investigating the 2006 disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
The alleged gunman was arrested shortly after, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources. Police said they could neither confirm nor deny that report, but expected to inform the public later Tuesday night.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte was expected to make a statement after meeting with top law enforcement officials following the shooting, the ANP news agency reported.
Dutch broadcaster RTL said De Vries had just left his studio and was shot in the head by one of the shots.
The Amsterdam newspaper Parool published a picture of the scene with several people gathered around a person lying on the ground.
De Vries has been the target of threats from the criminal world in the past in connection with several cases.
In 2013, Willem Holleeder, the Heineken hijacker, was convicted of threatening De Vries. Holleeder is currently serving a life sentence for his role in five murders.
In 2019, Ridouan Taghi, currently on trial for murder and drug trafficking, took the unusual step of making a public statement denying reports that he had threatened to kill De Vries.
De Vries has acted as an advisor, but not as a lawyer, to a state witness identified as Nabil B who testified in the case against Taghi and his alleged associates.
Nabil B’s former lawyer was shot and killed on an Amsterdam street in September 2019.
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