Dutch journalist Peter R de Vries reportedly shot in Amsterdam

The journalist has been subject to threats in the past for his crime reporting.

The journalist is well-known for investigating the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

Dutch investigative reporter Peter R de Vries has been shot in the head in Amsterdam after appearing on a television show, local media has reported.

The crime reporter is known for covering high-profile cases and has been taken to hospital in critical condition as police have launched a search for the searcher.

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At a glance: 5 key points

-De Vries was shot in the head after filming an appearance on Dutch morning news programme RTL Boulevard in Lange Leidsedwarsstratt.

-The crime reporter is known for covering high profile cases like the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

- An eyewitness told Dutch news outlet Het Parool she heard the shots and saw De Vries lying on the ground. She stayed with him until he was taken by an ambulance.

-The suspected shooter was described as a light-skinned man with a slender build, dark green camouflage jacket and a black cap.

-Police have appealed for “witnesses and people who have camera images of the incident or possible (fleeing) suspects”.

What’s been said?

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

Background

De Vries is a local celebrity in Holland and is known in the US for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway.

His work investigating crime has led to threats in the past from the subjects of his reporting.

In 2013, Willem Hollendeer, who kidnapped Freddy Heineken, made threats to De Vries after the latter’s reporting on the kidnapping.