De Vries, a celebrity in the Netherlands known for speaking out against the criminal world, was shot in the head shortly after leaving the studio of Dutch television station RTL, police and network officials said. media.
Three suspects, including the gunman, were arrested after the shooting, police said.
“He was seriously injured and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema told a televised press conference.
“He is a national hero to all of us. A rare and courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice.
De Vries, 64, appears frequently on police broadcasts in the Netherlands and is a knowledgeable journalist with contacts in both law enforcement and the underworld.
He is well known for his investigative work into the 1983 kidnapping of beer mogul Freddy Heineken.
In 2008, he won an International Emmy Award for his work on the 2005 disappearance of teenage Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
With post wires