Bulgarian police say gunmen have shot dead a prominent crime journalist and critically injured two other men in a busy part of the capital, Sofia.

A police statement says the gangland-style execution took place shortly after noon Tuesday as Bobbie Tsankov, a popular radio show host, was entering an apartment block with the other two men.

The two gunmen escaped on foot.

Tsankov, who frequently reported on organized crime in Bulgaria, died at the scene. His companions were hospitalized in critical condition.

In a similar attack in downtown Sofia two years ago, gunmen shot dead writer Georgi Stoev, the author of several books on organized crime in Bulgaria.