Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in the chest four times by two men in Los Angeles on Wednesday night who stole two of the star’s three French bulldogs.
Ryan Fischer, 30, had been walking Gaga’s beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustavo, in West Hollywood at around 10pm yesterday night when he was shot outside of his home on Sierra Bonita Avenue.
Police arrived to find Fischer conscious but barely breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital but his condition is currently unknown.
Two of Gaga’s dogs, Koji and Gustavo, were stolen by the assailants. Miss Asia, meanwhile, managed to get away.
Video from the scene captured by KABC showed Fischer laying on the sidewalk and clinging to Miss Asia as first responders attended to him.
Officers later prized Miss Asia from Fischer’s arms. She was swaddled in a blanket and placed in the back of a police car close to the scene of the shooting.
Miss Asia was then taken to the LAPD’s Hollywood headquarters, where she was picked up by one of Gaga’s bodyguards shortly afterwards.
Fischer had been caring for the three dogs while Gaga is away in Rome, Italy, working on a new movie.
The suspects are believed to be two black males, who were reportedly wearing baseball caps.
They fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white vehicle – a BMW or possibly a Nissan, police said.
It’s currently unclear whether Gaga’s dogs were specifically targeted.
French bulldogs are in high demand and expensive. They typically sell for anywhere between $1,500-$3,000 on average, however those with pedigree lineage can go for as much as $10,000.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the LAPD confirmed the shooting, but said it was too early to know ‘if it was a robbery’. Investigators are also not yet ruling out gang violence or homelessness.
Lady Gaga’s representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star’s dogs.
However, sources have reportedly told TMZ that the 34-year-old is ‘extremely upset’ and is offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of Koji and Gustavo ‘no questions asked’.
Anyone in possession of the dogs has been asked to use the email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to retrieve the award, according to the outlet.