Ryan Fischer was shot in the chest while walking the singer’s dogs in Los Angeles two months ago.
The woman who made Lady Gaga stolen French bulldogs was among five people charged Thursday with attempted murder and theft in connection with the theft and shooting of the music superstar’s dog walker.
Detectives don’t believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the pop star, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The motive for the Feb. 24 theft, investigators believe, was the value of the French Bulldogs – which can run into the thousands of dollars.
Dog walker Ryan Fischer is recovering from a gunshot wound and called the violence “very close to death” in social media posts. He was walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs – named Asia, Koji and Gustav – in Hollywood just off the famous Sunset Boulevard when he was attacked.
“It was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously injured,” prosecutor George Gascón said in a statement. “We have made some very serious charges in this case and we are confident that justice will be served in an appropriate manner as this case unfolds in court.”
Doorbell camera video from a nearby house shows a white sedan pulling over and two men jumping. They wrestled with Fischer and one of them pulled a gun and fired a single shot before running away with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav.
The video captured Fischer’s screams: “Oh, my God! I was shot! and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding from my chest!”
Lady Gaga offered a reward of $ 500,000 – “no questions asked” – to find the dogs. The singer was in Rome at the time to film a movie.
My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken to Hollywood two nights ago. My heart is sick and I pray that my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $ 500,000 for their safe return. Email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to contact us. pic.twitter.com/3NY9u7Mw2K
– Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 26, 2021
The dogs were returned two days later to an LAPD station by a woman who originally appeared to be “uninvolved and not associated” with the crime, police first said. It was not immediately clear whether the woman, identified on Thursday as Jennifer McBride, 50, had received the award.
McBride turned out to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, the LAPD said Thursday.
Police arrested 18-year-old James Jackson; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, in connection with the violence. They are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second degree theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jackson, who authorities say was the shooter, also faces charges of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and a criminal carrying a gun concealed in a vehicle. White is faced with one count of assault by force capable of causing serious bodily harm.
White’s father, Harold White, 40, and McBride were arrested and charged with being complicit in the attack. The elder White has also been charged with one count of possession of a firearm and McBride is facing a charge of receiving stolen property.
Jackson, Whaley and the Whites are all documented gang members, according to the LAPD.
The five suspects were charged Thursday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately clear whether they had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
All five were being held on bail of $ 1 million each, according to online prison records.
Lady Gaga did not immediately address the arrests on her social media accounts Thursday afternoon. Representatives for Fischer and Lady Gaga did not respond to requests for comment.