According to the police, the prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was seriously injured in an attack in the middle of Amsterdam. The police confirmed on Tuesday evening that he was hospitalized with a shot in the head. Nothing has yet been communicated about the background of the crime.
The attack shocked the country, and TV stations reported on the attack in special programs. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus met with the anti-terrorism agency that evening. Politicians from several parties and the journalists’ union reacted with horror. The police were looking for a suspect who allegedly escaped in a car.
Witnesses recognized victims
At around 7.30 p.m., according to media reports, an unknown person shot 64-year-old de Vries at Leidseplein in the center of Amsterdam when the journalist had left a TV studio. De Vries had recently taken part in a live broadcast. Witnesses recognized the victim, and videos of the crime scene were also distributed on social media.
De Vries is the leading crime reporter in the Netherlands and regularly appears as a spokesperson for victims or witnesses at trials. He is currently the Crown Witness confidante in a major organized crime trial. In connection with the trial, the attorney for the key witness had already been shot in 2019. (dpa)
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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