Police in Los Angeles have arrested five people in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and kidnapping of her French bulldogs, a violent robbery police said was driven not by the artist’s celebrity, but by her dogs’ value.
Three were charged with attempted murder and robbery over the nighttime shooting that left dog walker Ryan Fischer seriously injured in late February, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a Thursday afternoon statement.
Two others were arrested for accessory to attempted murder, one of whom had dropped off Lady Gaga’s bulldogs at a police station two days after the shooting, when the singer offered up a no-questions-asked reward for returning the dogs.
Police initially said the woman who returned the dogs was “uninvolved and unassociated” with the shooting, but they later discovered she had a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, according to LAPD’s Thursday statement.
$500,000. That’s how much money Lady Gaga offered in exchange for her two bulldogs’ safe return. Her agent did not immediately respond when asked whether she’s paid out this reward.
Fischer was shot while walking Lady Gaga’s three bulldogs in Hollywood. The perpetrators left him in serious condition and drove away with two of the dogs, spurring Lady Gaga to call Fischer a “hero.” According to police, Fisher was likely targeted because French bulldogs are extremely valuable, often costing upwards of $1,000.
“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” LAPD said in a statement. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”
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