Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga was in a car on his way to work when he was attacked, Wickramatunga's brother Lal said.
"The gunman smashed the window of the vehicle and shot at him," Lal Wickramatunga told Reuters.
Doctors said he was in critical condition and was being resuscitated before being transferred to the trauma unit at Colombo National Hospital.
Police spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjith Gunasekara said the attack was being investigated.
The Sunday Leader has been locked in a court battle with the president's brother, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, over stories it published alleging corruption in defence procurement. Rajapaksa has denied any wrongdoing.
It is the second major attack on the media this week, following an assault by more than a dozen gunmen on the studios of Sri Lanka's biggest private broadcaster early on Tuesday.
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