LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lady Gaga’s stroller was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen during an armed robbery in Hollywood, police said. The singer is offering a reward of $ 500,000.
The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Jonathan Tippett, police captain of the elite department of robbery and murder in Los Angeles. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time, but one escaped. This dog was safely recovered.
Tippett told The Associated Press that the dogs belong to pop star Lady Gaga. It’s not yet clear if the dog walker has been targeted because of its celebrity client, the captain said.
Lady Gaga offers the reward for the return of her dogs – whose names are Koji and Gustav – without any questions, according to her representative. A tips email address, [email protected], has been set up. The singer is currently in Rome to make a film.
Police were first called to North Sierra Bonita Avenue, a street on famous Sunset Boulevard, at around 9:40 p.m. after multiple emergency calls reported a man screaming and sounding a gunshot, said Captain Steven Lurie, commander of the Hollywood Division.
The victim, whose name was not released, was walking the dogs when a white Nissan Altima pulled up and two men tried to steal the animals, police said.
“Two suspects got out of the vehicle and asked the victim to hand over the dogs at gunpoint. The victim fought with the suspects and was shot once by one of the suspects, ”a police statement said.
The suspects grabbed two of the three dogs and drove away in the Nissan sedan, the statement said.
The video captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby house shows the white limousine pulling up next to the dog walker and two men in dark clothes getting out.
Although most of the action is hidden by a front yard fence, the men appear to be struggling with the screaming hiker. A man then draws a gun and a shot can be heard before the men pile into the car and flee.
You can hear the hiker shouting repeatedly: “Oh my God! I was shot! “
He yells “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!” when someone runs out of the house to help.
There was little evidence of last night’s violence on Thursday afternoon in the upscale neighborhood known as the Sunset Square Historic District. There was faint splatter of blood on sidewalk grass and a flawed black glove that police normally used on the street. Neighbors, some of whom had doorbell surveillance cameras, declined to comment on the shootings.
French bulldogs can cost thousands of dollars. A woman in San Francisco was beaten at gunpoint in January when three men stole her gray French bulldog puppy named Chloe, police said.
Gaga has remained one of the greatest pop stars in the world since her breakthrough with her 2008 album “The Fame”, known for her shape-changing personality on stages and red carpets as well as her danceable music and powerful vocal whistles.
She has won 11 Grammy Awards, headlined the Super Bowl halftime show, and has now grown into a real Hollywood star after starring in A Star is Born in 2018 with Bradley Cooper and winning an Oscar.
The AP authors Mesfin Fekadu in New York and Andrew Dalton and the photographer Chris Pizzello in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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