Lady Gaga leaves Rome hotel surrounded by heavy security after her dog walker was shot as she’s seen for the first time since her stolen bulldogs were returned
- Ryan Fischer, 30, had been walking Gaga’s beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav, in West Hollywood at around 10pm on Wednesday 24th February when he was shot in the chest
- Two of Gaga’s dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen while her third bulldog, Miss Asia, avoided capture and returned to be by Ryan’s side after he was shot
- Surveillance video obtained by DailyMail.com shows how the horrifying incident unfolded
- Gaga, 34, immediately offered a $500k reward for the safe return of Gustav and Koji ‘no questions asked’ and the two dogs were subsequently returned to the pop star by a mystery woman on Friday
- Ex-FBI Agent Frank Montoya Jr slammed the star’s decision, saying she has jeopardized LAPD’s investigation
- A manhunt for the two assailants is still underway
- It’s currently unclear whether Gaga’s dogs were specifically targeted, but French bulldogs are in high demand and can sell for as much as $10,000 if they have pedigree lineage
- Ryan is expected to make a full recovery and Gaga, who is in Rome filming a movie, has reportedly said she will cover his medical bills
Lady Gaga left her hotel in central Rome, Italy on Monday, surrounded by heavy security after her dog walker Ryan Fisher was shot.
The pop megastar, 34, was shielded by security who took extreme measures to ensure the star was hidden from sight as she stepped out for the first time since her stolen bulldogs were returned.
Gaga’s security detail put up a self-made tent to cover her exit from the hotel, and also filled the windows of her chauffeur-driven car with newspapers.
Heavy security: Lady Gaga, 34, left her hotel in central Rome, Italy on Monday, surrounded by heavy security after her dog walker Ryan Fisher was shot
Lady Gaga’s outing marks the star’s first appearance since the news that her dogs have been found safe, and her dog walker is expected to make a full recovery.
Ryan, 30, was shot in the chest by thieves who stole two of the singer’s three French bulldogs in Hollywood, on Wednesday night.
The two dogs who were stolen, Gustav and Koji, were returned to the pop star by a mystery woman who said she found them tied to a post in Los Angeles on Friday. A manhunt for the two attackers is still underway.
Ryan has recounted the terrifying incident and praised one of Lady Gaga’s dogs, Miss Asia, who avoided capture and returned to be by his side, calling her his ‘guardian angel’.
Safe and sound: Her outing marks the star’s first appearance since the news that her dogs have been found safe, and her dog walker Ryan Fisher is expected to make a full recovery
Full cover: Gaga’s security detail put up a self-made tent to cover her exit from the hotel
Makeshift blackout: They also filled the windows of her chauffeur-driven car with newspapers
Shielding the star: The windows in the back of the vehicle were covered up from the inside
Lady Gaga, who is in Rome filming a movie, has reportedly said she will pay for Fischer’s $97,500 in medical bills.
A source close to the Poker Face singer told the Mirror: ‘Gaga feels horrendous about what happened to Ryan and wants to make sure he is looked after. She absolutely adores him and is forever indebted to him for his bravery.’
The unnamed source said that Lady Gaga also wanted to compensate Ryan for lost work and ‘has been wishing him a speedy recovery’.
Lady Gaga put up a $500,000 for information leading to the safe return of her stolen dogs Koji and Gustav, who finally came home safe on Friday after a woman said she found them tied to a post.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the woman was a Good Samaritan who recognized the dogs from media coverage of the robbery in which the singer’s dog walker was shot.
Taking precautions: The pop megastar’s team took extreme measures to ensure the star was hidden from sight as she stepped out for the first time since her stolen bulldogs were returned
Recovering: Her dog walker Ryan is expected to make a full recovering and has recounted the terrifying incident from his hospital bed
A helping hand: One of her security detail held the makeshift tunnel up to the edge of the car
Making use of what’s there: Inside the vehicle, tourist maps were plastered to the windows
She contacted an email address shared on social media by Lady Gaga and was told to head to the nearest police station.
Sources also told TMZ that the Star is Born actress will ‘gladly’ follow through on her promise of a reward.
Lady Gaga has not yet commented on the return of the dogs but is reported to have been in tears on learning that they had been safely found.
Her father, Joe Germanotta, has called for the two dognappers to be charged with assault and attempted murder for shooting Fischer as he tried to protect the animals.
Whatever it takes: Red tape was used to tack the maps into place
Beloved pets: Gaga’s dogs Koji (left), Gustav (center) and Miss Asia (right) are all seen above
Making preparations: The shielded exit of the star marks a stark contrast to her time in Rome prior to the dognapping incident, when she happily strolled about the city
On Friday, harrowing new footage emerged of the moment Ryan Fischer was shot and left writhing in pain in the street.
The video was taken on a neighbor’s doorbell camera on Sierra Bonita Avenue where Fischer, was walking the three dogs when he was suddenly attacked in the street at 10pm on Wednesday night.
HOLLYWOOD DOG WALKERS BEEF UP SECURITY AFTER GAGA SNATCH
The Gaga dog theft has spooked Hollywood dog walkers into beefing up their security.
Some are applying for concealed carry permits to be able to protect themselves if they too are attacked, and others are changing their walking schedules to avoid being out at night.
Anna-Marie Arredondo, the owner of Happy Heart Pet Care, told TMZ that she was learning jiu-jitsu classes too.
Renee Lutz, owner of Fetch! Pet Care said she is no longer letting dog walkers go out at night, and that she is arming them all with pepper spray.
The assailants shot him once in the chest with a handgun, snatched Koji and Gustav and fled.
Miss Asia evaded them initially then, once they had fled, ran back to Fischer as he lay on the ground, screaming: ‘Help! I’ve been shot!’
Lady Gaga broke her silence over the incident, calling her employee ‘a hero forever’.
‘I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,’ Lady Gaga said in an Instagram post.
The star has stayed quiet since the dogs were returned, but sources said she remains ‘horrified’ by the attack.
‘Lady Gaga is beside herself about this situation,’ a source told ET. ‘Ryan is not only her dog walker, but also her friend. She is horrified that this happened.’
‘She is completely devastated and sickened by this,’ the source said, adding that the singer’s dogs are like ‘her babies’.
‘She feels somewhat helpless because she is far away in Italy but is doing everything she can and praying for Ryan, Koji and Gustavo.’
The LAPD released a description of both suspects on Friday. They were described as black males between 20 and 25. The car they were driving was a Nissan Altima.
When she learned that her dogs had been snatched, Lady Gaga immediately offered the $500,000, ‘no questions asked’ reward which law enforcement experts have criticized.
The pet pooches: The three French pitbulls previously accompanied Gaga on the red carpet for the American Music Awards in November 2017
The location of the shooting on Wednesday is shown in the above map
They say it may not only jeopardize the investigation but also create a market for opportunistic criminals to target and kidnap celebrity pets then return them for handsome rewards.
Capt Jonathan Tippet, commanding officer of the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, said police were not involved in the reward.
Just days before the attack, Ryan had posted a video to Instagram of himself singing to Gaga’s pups and tagged Miss Asia’s official Instagram page. He has previously posted images of the dogs on a number of other occasions.
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.
Did they know? It’s currently unclear whether Gaga’s dogs were specifically targeted (Pictured: Gaga poses with Miss Asia in an Instagram post
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