Flowers for Peter R. de Vries

Tuesday, 6. July 2021 – 20:09 Update: 07-07-2021 20:08

Long Leidsedwarsstraat

De Vries was shot on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat around 7.30 pm just after he had attended a broadcast of RTL Boulevard as a guest. Several shots were said to have been fired. Several emergency services have been called and police are still looking for the suspect. The police have said that 64-year-old De Vries was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The police are busy with many units on a search for the suspect.

Burgernet notification

The police have issued a citizen net report indicating that the police are looking for a suspect in the vicinity of the Spiegelgracht. Police are warning the public not to approach the suspect themselves, but to call 911 immediately.


It concerns a light-skinned man with a small, slender build. He is wearing a dark green coat with camouflage patches and a black cap.

Response NVJ

The Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) reacted with shock to the attack on De Vries. General secretary Thomas Bruning speaks of an unimaginable message. ‘This hits journalism right in the heart’, says Bruning.

Update 22:00

The Amsterdam triangle of mayor, police and justice held a special press conference on Tuesday evening at 11.10 pm in response to the attack on Peter R. de Vries. In addition, the chief of police of the Amsterdam Regional Police Unit Frank Paauw announced that two suspects had been arrested in a car near Leidschendam on the A4. One of them may be the shooter. According to Paauw, this suspect matches the description of the shooter. A third suspect has been arrested in Amsterdam-East. His possible involvement in the attack is being investigated by the police. Mayor Halsema has said that De Vries is currently fighting for his life.

Press conference Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Grapperhaus

Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Grapperhaus also held a special press conference on Tuesday evening. In it, both indicated that they were shocked about the attack on De Vries. ‘An attack on a courageous journalist and with that an attack on free journalism, which is so essential for our democracy,’ said Rutte. Rutte and Grapperhaus said to pray for De Vries. Grapperhaus did not answer questions about the security of de Vries.

Update Wednesday 7 July 10.45 am

The police released the identity of the two suspects on Wednesday evening on the A4 highway near Leidschendam. It concerns a 35-year-old Polish man from Maurik in Gelderland and a 21-year-old man living in Rotterdam. The third suspect who was arrested in Amsterdam East on Tuesday evening is an 18-year-old man from Amsterdam. He turned out to have nothing to do with the case and has since been released and no longer a suspect.

Update Wednesday 7 July 12.45 pm

Flowers are laid out of compassion at the place where Peter was shot.

Flowers for Peter R. de Vries
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