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Arrests Rapper (21) suspected of shooting crime reporter Peter R de Vries in Amsterdam

The other man arrested is a 35-year-old from Poland who has been living with his pregnant wife and children

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Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot on the streets of Amsterdam (Picture: RTL Boulevard)

Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot on the streets of Amsterdam (Picture: RTL Boulevard)

Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot on the streets of Amsterdam (Picture: RTL Boulevard)

A man suspected of being the gunman in the shooting of crime reporter Peter R de Vries in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening is a 21-year-old rapper, it has been reported. 

The man, who was arrested for the shooting, is believed to be a Dutch national who already has a criminal record.

He has been identified as the younger of two suspects arrested on the A4 highway after De Vries' shooting.

According to one newspaper, he has a house in the Passewaaij district of Tiel that was raided by police during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The other man arrested is a 35-year-old from Poland who has been living in the Gelderland village of Maurik with his pregnant wife and children.

He was arrested in Maurik last week for making threats, but later released, local media reported.

Polish news channel TVN24 also reported that there is an active arrest warrant for him in Poland for thefts and robberies.

Meanwhile, de Vries is still fighting for his life in hospital after he was gunned down in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening, shortly after appearing on Tuesday's broadcast of RTL Boulevard.

Presenter Luuk Ikink explained that De Vries left the studio to the parking garage around 7.23pm with other colleagues. The attack happened a short time later. De Vries was shot multiple times at close range and hit in the head, police said.

"At one point a colleague stormed back and said that Peter had been shot," Ikink said. "We didn't know what to do. We went that way with a number of colleagues, but the police were already there and police tape had been set up. We walked back, because you can't do anything, even if you want to."

According to another colleague, many of those in the studio remained there for the rest of Tuesday evening, awaiting news about how De Vries was doing.

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"Peter is a dear colleague to all of us here," he said. "He is a very sweet, warm and funny man and always very involved in what happens in someone's life.

“This is also a huge blow professionally. He is one of the best crime journalists in the Netherlands and wants to get to the bottom of things. We are all praying for a miracle here."

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