Lady Gaga offers £500k reward for return of her dogs after walker shot in West Hollywood

The horrifying moment Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in the chest and two of her French bulldogs were stolen in Los Angeles on Wednesday night has been revealed in newly surfaced surveillance footage.

Ryan Fischer was ambushed outside his home on West Hollywood’s Sierra Bonita Avenue as he walked Gaga’s dogs Koji, Miss Asia, and Gustav just before 10pm yesterday. 

Surveillance footage captured from a neighbor’s home shows a white sedan pulling up alongside the 30-year-old, and two men, dressed in dark clothing, climbing out of the back seat.

One of the men is heard cocking a pistol as they storm towards Fischer, warning him to ‘give it up’.

Fischer is heard crying out ‘no’ and shrieking out in horror for someone to help him as he attempts to fend off the assailants, as they appear to be grappling with him over the dogs on the ground. 

‘Koji, no!’ Fischer cries as one of the men pulls him away from the sedan and towards the sidewalk. 

A single gunshot then thunders out, and Fischer can be heard screaming. 

Meanwhile, the two attackers pile into the backseat of the sedan, holding two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav, before driving away.

One of the dogs can be heard yelping and growling as its taken, while Miss Asia is seen running back to Fischer who is lying on the ground. 

A neighbor then races to Fischer’s aid. Police arrived on scene shortly afterwards, finding Fischer bleeding but conscious and communicative.  

LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet confirmed that Fischer was shot once but said he’s expected to survive.   

It’s unclear whether the thieves knew the dogs belonged to Gaga. However, French bulldogs are in high demand and sell for anywhere between $3,000-$5,000. Those with pedigree lineage can also go for as much as $10,000. 

Gaga, 34, is said to be distraught over the incident and is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of Koji and Gustav ‘no questions asked’, TMZ reported. 

Former FBI Agent Frank Montoya Jr slammed the star’s decision to DailyMail.com on Thursday, saying her reward not only put the LAPD’s investigation at risk, but opened up a market for criminals to start stealing celebrity dogs and returning them for high ransoms.    

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Surveillance footage captured from a neighbor’s home shows a white sedan pulling up alongside the 30-year-old, and two men, dressed in dark clothing, climbing out of the back seat

LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet confirmed that Fischer was shot once but said he's expected to survive

LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet confirmed that Fischer was shot once but said he’s expected to survive

Ryan Fischer, 30, had been walking Gaga's beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav, in West Hollywood at around 10pm yesterday night when he was shot

Ryan Fischer, 30, had been walking Gaga’s beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav, in West Hollywood at around 10pm yesterday night when he was shot

Fischer (left with Gaga's dogs) had been caring for the three dogs while Gaga is away in Rome, Italy, working on a new Ridley Scott movie

The 30-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital and is now said to be 'recovering well'.

Fischer (left with Gaga’s dogs) had been caring for the three dogs while Gaga is away in Rome, Italy, working on a new Ridley Scott movie. He’s said to be a family friend

Gaga's dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen. Miss Asia was later recovered by police (shown above)

Gaga’s dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen. Miss Asia was later recovered by police (shown above) 

Gaga is pictured above with her beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav in a post previously shared to Instagram

Gaga is pictured above with her beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav in a post previously shared to Instagram

Gaga's bodyguard later picked up Miss Asia from the Hollywood LAPD Station in the hours after the shooting

Gaga's bodyguard seen carrying Miss Asia

Gaga’s bodyguard later picked up Miss Asia from the Hollywood LAPD Station in the hours after the shooting

The neighbor whose camera captured Wednesday night’s shooting only agreed to release the footage after receiving word from Gaga’s team that the singer wanted the video to be widely shared to help catch those responsible, TMZ reported.

Fischer, who runs a company called Valley Of The Dogs, had been watching Gaga’s French bulldogs while she’s away filming a new Ridley Scott movie in Rome, Italy. 

Just six days ago, Fischer had posted a video to Instagram of him singing to the trio, and tagged Miss Asia’s official Instagram page. He has previously posted images of the dogs on a number of other occasions. 

The LAPD previously told DailyMail.com that they were only currently seeking one suspect in relation to the incident involving Fischer. 

A spokesperson said investigators are currently treating the case as an ‘assault with a deadly weapon,’ noting that the weapon used was a semi-automatic handgun. 

The assailants fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white vehicle and remains at large, police said. 

The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division has taken over the investigation. The RHD is responsible for investigating the highest-profile cases in LA. 

Video captured by KABC showed Fischer lying on the sidewalk and clinging to Miss Asia as first responders treat him.     

The pooch was then swaddled up in a blanket and taken to the LAPD’s Hollywood headquarters. One of Gaga’s bodyguards collected her from the station shortly afterwards.  

It's currently unclear whether Gaga's dogs were specifically targeted (Pictured: Gaga poses with Miss Asia in an Instagram post

It’s currently unclear whether Gaga’s dogs were specifically targeted (Pictured: Gaga poses with Miss Asia in an Instagram post

An Instagram post from 2017 shows Gaga and her three dogs as they celebrated Koji's second birthday. 'Happy Birthday Koji you're 2 years old! we love you!' Gaga wrote

An Instagram post from 2017 shows Gaga and her three dogs as they celebrated Koji’s second birthday. ‘Happy Birthday Koji you’re 2 years old! we love you!’ Gaga wrote

Ryan Fischer was shot once outside of his home in West Hollywood on Wednesday night as he was walking Gaga's three dogs

Ryan Fischer was shot once outside of his home in West Hollywood on Wednesday night as he was walking Gaga’s three dogs

The location of the shooting is shown in the above map. It happened outside a home in the 1500 block if Sierra Bonita Avenue

The location of the shooting is shown in the above map. It happened outside a home in the 1500 block if Sierra Bonita Avenue

Lady Gaga’s representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star’s dogs.

Sources told TMZ that anyone in possession of the dogs can email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to organize returning the pets in return for a $500,000 ‘no questions asked’ reward. 

Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta also spoke to Fox News Thursday saying that he is ‘so upset right now’, and confirmed that Fischer is a ‘family friend’.

‘Our whole family is upset and praying Koji and Gustavo are not harmed,’ he said. ‘Shooting someone in order to steal dogs is wrong.’

Germanotta then pleaded to the public to help ‘catch these creeps’. 

Frank Montoya Jr., who worked in the FBI between 1991 and 2016 after serving in the army, told DailyMail.com on Thursday that Gaga’s reward not only put the investigation at risk, but could also inspire more criminals to start specifically targeting celebrities’ dogs.  

‘It’s always been an option for opportunistic criminals. But…paying, no questions asked, can open up a Pandora’s box of sorts. She should give the investigation a chance.

‘After all, the dogs notwithstanding, a human being was shot.’

Los Angeles-based Attorney Louis Shapiro, however, disagreed saying he didn’t believe the hefty sum would encourage others to commit similar crimes and instead suggested it could be a ruse to help catch the assailants.

‘This is an unusual reward amount,’ Shapiro told DailyMail.com. ‘We don’t really know if this $500k reward is in fact a no questions asked offer. There’s no contract made here. It could just be a ruse to lure in whoever did this.’

Video from the scene captured by KABC showed Fischer lying on the sidewalk and clinging to Miss Asia as first responders attended to him

Video from the scene captured by KABC showed Fischer lying on the sidewalk and clinging to Miss Asia as first responders attended to him

Fischer had been caring for the three dogs while Gaga is away in Italy

Fischer had been caring for the three dogs while Gaga is away in Italy

RESCUED: Miss Asia is collected from LAPD's Hollywood precinct by one of Gaga's bodyguard on Wednesday night

RESCUED: Miss Asia is collected from LAPD’s Hollywood precinct by one of Gaga’s bodyguard on Wednesday night

Fischer, 30, was shot once and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippett.

Fischer shown in an social media post

Fischer, 30, was shot once and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippett.

Tara Bruno, founder of SNORT Rescue, an organization that rescues bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers, told People that French bulldogs are among the most stolen dog breeds because they’re very popular, are small and portable, and are expensive.

French bulldogs from reputable breeders cost between $3,000 and $5,000, she said.

According to the American Kennel Club, French bulldogs are the fourth most popular breed in the United State, behind Labradors, golden retrievers and German shepherds. 

However, French bulldogs are easier to steal , Bruno says, because they are much smaller.

‘The motive is resale. Thieves know they can get a couple thousand dollars for them,’ she told the outlet.

Lady Gaga seen above yesterday) is currently in Rome shooting a new movie.

Her representatives have not yet spoken about the shooting of Fischer

Lady Gaga seen above yesterday) is currently in Rome shooting a new movie. Her representatives have not yet spoken about the shooting of Fischer

Gaga is pictured with Koji and Asia in 2017 after touching down in LAX airport, in Los Angeles

Gaga is pictured with Koji and Asia in 2017 after touching down in LAX airport, in Los Angeles

French bulldogs are the fourth most popular breed of dogs in the US, and are also among the most commonly stolen breeds too (pictured above is Gaga's three dogs enjoying a day out on the beach)

French bulldogs are the fourth most popular breed of dogs in the US, and are also among the most commonly stolen breeds too (pictured above is Gaga’s three dogs enjoying a day out on the beach)

Fischer was shot outside of a home in Sierra Bonita Avenue (seen above on Thursday, the morning after the shooting)

Fischer was shot outside of a home in Sierra Bonita Avenue (seen above on Thursday, the morning after the shooting)

Blood appears on vegetation lining a sidewalk on North Sierra Bonita Avenue, where Fischer was shot

Blood appears on vegetation lining a sidewalk on North Sierra Bonita Avenue, where Fischer was shot

It was initially believed there were two attackers, but LA police said on Thursday afternoon that they were hunting for a single shooter

 It was initially believed there were two attackers, but LA police said on Thursday afternoon that they were hunting for a single shooter

Gaga adopted Gustav in 2016, and celebrated the addition to her ‘family’ in an Instagram post.

‘I’m proud to announce we added a new member to the #JOANNE family,’ she wrote, adding that she was still deciding on his name. ‘I haven’t named him yet but I call him both cowpig and moopig in the meantime!’

The singer got Koji as a puppy the year prior in April 2015, and Miss Asia has been with Gaga since March 2014.

A celebrity in her own right, Miss Asia boasts a social media following of more than 220,000. She has previously appeared in several magazines, featured in several ad campaigns and, in 2015, was the inspiration between Lady Gaga’s pet product line.

Gaga’s manager, Bobby Campbell, told Billboard at the time: ‘This is not just about crazy outfits for dogs. It’s about giving pet parents and pet owners a fun and creative way for protecting their pets, as well as fun clothes to display on Instagram (because Gaga loves doing that).’

To tease the line, Gaga uploaded a series of fashion-style photo shoots of Miss Asia reading Vogue, driving a Rolls Royce in a tux and even enjoying an outdoor picnic of champagne and dog biscuits.

The dogs have appeared frequently on Gaga’s social media pages in the years since.

In 2018, the Shallows singer dressed the trio up as Chia pets, the terracotta figurines that found popularity in the 1980s. 

The three also previously accompanied Gaga on the red carpet for the American Music Awards in November 2017.

Lady Gaga's representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star's dogs (she is seen above with Gustav, right, and Koji, left)

Lady Gaga’s representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star’s dogs (she is seen above with Gustav, right, and Koji, left)

The three French pitbulls previously accompanied Gaga on the red carpet for the American Music Awards in November 2017

The three French pitbulls previously accompanied Gaga on the red carpet for the American Music Awards in November 2017

In 2018, the Shallows singer dressed the trio up as Chia pets, the terracotta figurines that found popularity in the 1980s

In 2018, the Shallows singer dressed the trio up as Chia pets, the terracotta figurines that found popularity in the 1980s

In a statement to DailyMail.com, the LAPD confirmed the shooting and said two dogs were stolen, but said it was too early to know if the incident 'was a robbery'

In a statement to DailyMail.com, the LAPD confirmed the shooting and said two dogs were stolen, but said it was too early to know if the incident ‘was a robbery’

The suspect fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white vehicle - a BMW or possibly a Nissan - and remains at large

The suspect fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white vehicle – a BMW or possibly a Nissan – and remains at large

Hours before the shooting unfolded in West Hollywood, Gaga was pictured strutting through the streets of Rome.

She is currently filming in the Italian city for Ridley Scott’s new movie Gucci, in which she stars Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.

Debuting new brunette locks, the Bad Romance hitmaker was spotted walking into her hotel, glad in a glamorous animal print kaftan and a black studded face mask.

Earlier this month, Gaga revealed that a ‘very important member’ of her family was hospitalized for two months with COVID-19 after falling ‘very, very ill’ with the virus. 

The 11-time Grammy winner admitted it was difficult for her to visit them in the ICU because she had to be by herself.

When asked what has been giving her hope over the past year, she said: ‘I got to be honest. I’m about to cry on the other end of this call with you because it’s really – it’s doctors, it’s nurses, it’s essential workers.

‘I haven’t spoken to this person about speaking about this publicly, but I will tell you that a very important member of my family was very, very ill recently and in the hospital for almost two months.

‘I was in the ICU by myself many times because you can’t go in with more than one person, if you can go in at all. I have never seen the heroic acts of bravery that I witnessed, watching these doctors and nurses and people that were cleaning at the hospital.’ 

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