Peter de Vries, a Dutch crime journalist known for exposing the Dutch underworld, was shot and seriously injured on a street in Amsterdam.
“Peter de Vries was shot down in Lange Leidsedwarsstraat,” the police said in a statement, referring to a street near one of the city’s largest public squares, where he was in a TV studio earlier that night .
The police said he was taken to a nearby hospital in a “serious” condition and called on witnesses to come forward.
As the crowd gathered near the location of the incident, the police sealed off the area.
De Vries, 64, is a celebrity in the Netherlands. He often serves as a commentator on television crime shows. He is also a crime expert reporter with sources in law enforcement agencies and the underworld.
He takes his Investigation after the kidnapping of beer giant Freddy Heineken in 1983In 2008, he won the International Emmy Award for investigating the disappearance of young Natalee Holloway on Aruba in 2006.
Algemeen Dagblad newspaper quoted anonymous sources as saying that the gunman was allegedly arrested shortly afterwards. The police said they could neither confirm nor deny the report, but they expect to update the public later on Tuesday night.
According to the news agency ANP, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to make a statement after meeting with key law enforcement officials after the shooting.
Dutch broadcaster RTL said that De Vries had just left the studio and one of the shots hit him in the head.
A photo of the scene was published in the Parool newspaper in Amsterdam. Several people gathered around a man lying on the ground.
De Vries has been threatened by the underworld in many cases in the past.
In 2013, Willem Holleeder, who kidnapped Heineken beer, was Convicted of threatening de VriesHolleeder is currently sentenced to life imprisonment for participating in five murders.
Ridouan Taghi in 2019, currently undergoing trial Murder and drug trafficking, Took unusual steps and issued a public statement denying reports that he threatened to kill De Vries.
De Vries has been serving as an adviser to a state witness identified as Nabil B, but not a lawyer. He testified in a case against Taghi and his alleged accomplices.
Nabil B’s former lawyer was shot dead on a street in Amsterdam in September 2019.
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