Dutch criminal journalist Peter R. de Vries was seriously injured by gunfire on Tuesday evening in Amsterdam, police said. “Peter R. de Vries was attacked in (street) Lange Leidsedwarsstraat this evening. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries ”police said in a statement, adding that an investigation has been opened.
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The 64-year-old journalist and television presenter is a personality known in the Netherlands for his role in several criminal cases. He has appeared regularly as a spokesperson for victims or in the close circle of key witnesses. Witnesses heard five gunshots and saw Peter R. de Vries shot in the head, NOS state television reported.
Police closed the area in which Peter R. de Vries was shot to traffic at around 7.30 p.m. (5.30 p.m. GMT), after intervening on a television broadcast in central Amsterdam. Police said they were at the “Search for witnesses and people who have images of the incident or possible suspects on the run.”
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Justice and Security Ferdinand Grapperhaus were due to visit the National Agency for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) in The Hague in the evening to «discussr ”of the case, the Dutch news agency ANP reported.