A security camera captured the moment on Wednesday night (February 24) in LA when Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot four times and her two French bulldogs stolen. He was on the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue near Sunset with three of Gaga’s dogs, Koji, Miss Asia, and Gustavo, when it happened. The time was 9:40 pm.
The video shows a white car (a BMW?) pulling up alongside the Fischer. Two males between 20 and 25 wearing baseball caps get out of the backseat. As they try to take the dogs, Fischer struggles and cries for help. Then he’s shot four times in the chest.
Two of the dogs are grabbed–Koji and Gustavo–(Miss Asia was left behind unharmed, ran away, but then found) and the car races off.
Fischer was listed in “grave” condition in hospital but should survive. Meanwhile, Gaga, who is shooting a movie in Italy, has offered a US$500,000 reward for the return of her dogs. She’s shooting The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed playing Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci. She was convicted for setting up his assassination in Italy in 1995.
Here’s Gaga on social media.
Why would someone want Gaga’s dogs? One theory is that the dognapping was politically motivated. Someone may have been very annoyed by her singing at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Then again, it could be a straight ransom case. There’s also no evidence that the dognappers knew who the dogs belonged to. Another option is that it’s just some weird random street crime, something that’s way up in LA this year.
The LAPD and the FBI were on it. So was a pet detective. But the drama over the dogs ended quietly at an LA police station when a woman walked in with the two dogs at around 6 pm on Friday night. Gaga’s people took possession of them. No word yet on who this woman was or how she came into possessions of the dog.
Now let’s how for Ryan’s full recovery.