Dutch criminal journalist Peter R de Vries who covered Natalee Holloway’s disappearance reportedly shot in the head in Amsterdam – .

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Dutch criminal journalist Peter R de Vries who covered Natalee Holloway’s disappearance reportedly shot in the head in Amsterdam – .


Investigative reporter Peter R de Vries was shot in the head at close range shortly after appearing on an entertainment TV show, according to local media.
The criminal journalist known for covering high-profile cases like the disappearance of Natalee Holloway was taken to hospital in critical condition with “serious” injuries as police launched a “full-scale” search for the shooter.

Police confirmed the identity of Mr De Vries, 64, after an eyewitness told Dutch media outlet Het Parool that she heard the gunshots and saw the journalist lying on the ground. She held his hand until he was taken, still alive, by ambulance.

A second witness told the newspaper he heard four or five loud bangs, while a video circulating online shortly after the shooting claimed to show Mr De Vries lying on the ground with a pool of blood on his head.

Amsterdam police said a large number of officers are looking for the suspected gunman, who has been described as a light-skinned man with a slender figure, a dark green camouflage jacket and a black cap.

“We are looking for witnesses and people who have camera footage of the incident or possible suspects (on the run). DO NOT share these images on social media, ”police said in a statement. tweeter.

The shooting took place shortly after Mr De Vries filmed an appearance on the morning news program RTL Boulevard in Lange Leidsedwarsstratt, Het Parool reported.

A local celebrity in the Netherlands, De Vries was known in the United States for his work investigating the mysterious disappearance of teenage Natalee Holloway, who went missing from the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005.

His work to investigate crimes in the Netherlands has led to threats and denials from the subjects of his reporting.

He rose to fame by reporting the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, creator of the Amsterdam brewing empire and one of the richest men in Europe. The kidnapper, Willem Hollendeer, was convicted in 2013 of making threats against Mr De Vries.

The journalist previously said that another subject in his report, Ridouan Taghi, made death threats two years ago. This prompted Mr Taghi, who was arrested in late 2019 for murder and drug trafficking, to make a public statement denying that he threatened to have Mr De Vries killed.



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