Prominent Dutch crime journalist Peter de Vries has been seriously wounded in a shooting in the center of Amsterdam on July 6, Dutch media and police reported.
Police said that de Vries has been taken to the hospital in a serious condition after being shot on Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, a street near one of the Dutch capital’s largest public squares.
Citing witnesses, national broadcaster NOS reported that five shots were fired and de Vries was hit in the head.
Police said that they have launched a large-scale investigation to search for the gunman whom they described as a man with “slightly tinted skin, small, slender build with a dark green coat and black cap.”
Police have arrested three suspects so far.
Police also asked the public to not share images and footage of the shooting on social media.
Before he was shot, de Vries had just earlier appeared in a television show where he was a regular guest, according to reports.
De Vries, 64, is well-known for his crime investigations as he has covered multiple high-profile cases, including the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983.
De Vries has faced threats due to his connections to criminal cases. In 2019, he said on Twitter that police and justice officials informed him that he was on the hit list of a fugitive criminal.
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