A gunman shot and wounded Lady Gaga’s dog walker on Wednesday night in Hollywood, stealing two of the singer’s French bulldogs and prompting a search by Los Angeles police.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Lady Gaga — who is reportedly working in Italy this week — offered a $500,000 reward for the dogs’ safe return, “no questions asked.”
The victim, identified by his hairdresser as Ryan Fischer, was walking the dogs when the shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Paramedics arrived to the scene and rushed Fischer to the hospital. He appeared to be alert and talking to first responders.
While Fischer was being treated on the sidewalk, he was cradling a third dog close to him, video from AIR7 HD showed. Another man was later seen removing the dog from Fischer’s arms to comfort it.
Disturbing home surveillance video of the incident shows two people exit a light-colored car and approach Fischer, who loudly screams for help as one of the individuals appears to try and take the dogs from him.
At one point during the physical struggle, one shot is fired and the suspects flee the scene in what police described as a white Nissan vehicle. A detailed description of the shooter was not available.
Fisher is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is recovering well, according to a representative for Lady Gaga.
An LAPD spokesperson on Thursday said investigators have been unable to speak with Lady Gaga or her representatives to independently confirm that the dogs are owned by the singer.
The spokesperson noted that French bulldogs are in currently in high demand and are a very valuable breed. Other thefts of French bulldogs have been reported recently in Los Angeles and it was unlikely that Lady Gaga was specifically targeted, police said.
LAPD described two of the suspects that exited the car as men between the ages of 20-25. The armed suspect was described as having blond dreadlocks and wearing a black hoodie. The other man had on dark clothing.
While the LAPD investigates if this was pre-planned or random, locals say something like this hasn’t happened before.