Dutch investigative journalist and crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, whose work includes Natalee Holloway’s disappearance and high-profile cases linked to organized crime, has been shot and seriously injured in Amsterdam, officials say. Three suspects have been taken into custody.
The shooting happened just before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday after De Vries appeared on the entertainment TV show RTL Boulevard. Video from the scene showed him lying motionless on the street, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
“At this moment we only know that he is seriously injured and fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema said at a late-night press conference, which provided no further details about his condition. A video taken by a witness showed CPR being performed on De Vries, who is 64.
Police spokesman Frank Pauw confirmed that De Vries had been shot at “close range” and that a possible getaway vehicle was quickly identified based on information from witnesses.