Dutch crime journalist wounded in Amsterdam shooting

Dutch crime journalist wounded in Amsterdam shooting
Peter R de Vries (L) is well known for his investigative crime reporting in the Netherlands. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A prominent crime journalist in the Netherlands has been seriously wounded after being shot on an Amsterdam street.

Police said the journalist was taken to hospital in a serious condition after being gunned down in the city centre on Tuesday evening.

National broadcaster NOS said Peter R de Vries was attacked minutes after appearing on a TV chat show.

Video published in local media showed him lying on the ground with an apparent wound to the head.

NOS cited eyewitnesses as saying five shots were fired at close range and the journalist was hit in the head.

Mr de Vries has been given police protection in the past after receiving threats for his involvement in criminal cases as an investigative journalist and in court.

Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, said he was “fighting for his life” and condemned his shooting as a “cruel, heartless attack”.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, according to police, which happened at around 19:30 local time (18:30 BST).

Police arrested two suspects in a car on the A4 motorway at Leidschendam, and a third in Amsterdam, with the gunman believed to be among them.

Police are appealing for CCTV footage and witnesses of the shooting, but asking people not to share the material on social media. They urged the public not to approach a suspect they described as a light-skinned man with a slender build, a dark green camouflage jacket and a black cap.

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a news conference after meeting with counter-terrorism officials and police in The Hague.

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