Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot by gunmen who took off with two of her dogs.
Ryan Fischer, Lady Gaga's dog walker, was attacked in West Hollywood around 10pm PST on Wednesday, February 24th. He was walking the singer's three French Bulldogs when two armed men got out of their white Nissan Altima and attacked him. The suspects were attempting to steal the dogs, and shot Fischer in the chest. They stole her two male dogs, Koji and Gustavo. Lady Gaga's female dog, Asia, ran off during the gun firing and was later recovered by police.
UPDATE FEB. 27, 4:35am CET: A friend of Ryan's stated on Instagram that the woman who dropped them off at the police station found the dogs tied up in an alley. Their vet is checking up on them.
UPDATE FEB. 27, 3:55am CET: The LAPD have confirmed to the Associated Press that Koji and Gustav have been found. The woman who dropped off the dogs is uninvolved with Wednesday's attack. The suspects are still on the loose.
UPDATE FEB. 26, 10:00pm CET: Lady Gaga released a statement on Twitter.
UPDATE FEB. 26, 7:30pm CET: Ryan's family issued a statement to TMZ confirming his recovery. They thanked the medics who worked so tirelessly to care for him, as well as thanked Lady Gaga for her love and concern. Ryan and his family said of the dogs, "Ryan loves Gustavo and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does; so we join in her plea for their safe return."
UPDATE FEB. 26, 7:00am CET: A friend of Ryan confirmed to us that he called to say that he's getting better.
UPDATE FEB. 26, 2:11am CET: LAPD have tweeted a description of the suspects: Suspect-1 is described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, blond dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie, and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Suspect-2 described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, wearing dark clothing.
UPDATE FEB. 25, 11:50pm CET: KTLA5 confirmed that the suspect wasn't related to Lady Gaga's case.
UPDATE FEB. 25, 11pm CET: A possible suspect has been taken into custody. More info coming soon.
UPDATE FEB. 25, 9pm CET: TMZ shared a video of the attack of Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan, and the theft of Koji and Gustav.
UPDATE FEB. 25, 8pm CET: "Lady Gaga is beside herself about this situation. Ryan is not only her dog walker, but also her friend. She is horrified that this happened.” - a source to ET.
UPDATE Feb. 25, 5pm CET: Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer, is expected to fully recover. LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division has taken over the case, RHD is tasked with investigating high-profile cases in L.A.
Fischer was discovered conscious yet barely breathing. He was rushed to the hospital in grave condition, but fortunately he is reportedly set to make a speedy and full recovery.
According to TMZ, Lady Gaga is offering $500,000 for the return of her dogs, "no questions asked." Anyone who has seen the dogs or knows their whereabouts are urged to email [email protected] to retrieve the reward, and to immediately contact the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD are asking for any video or photo evidence of the incident to be emailed at [email protected].
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call 213-486-6840 or remain anonymous at http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Those keeping an eye out for the animals should be looking for a brown dog with a black nose (Koji), and a white dog with one black ear (Gustavo).
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
The video is very graphic, so please be wary, but we’re sharing it in case it can help identify the attackers.