A dogwalker of Lady Gaga was shot four times in the chest before two men stole two of the singer’s three French bulldogs, according to multiple reports.
Los Angeles Police confirmed that a shooting occurred in West Hollywood shortly before 10 pm local time on Wednesday night, with the victim rushed to hospital in an unknown condition.
Two suspects fled the scene, with The Daily Mail reporting that they took Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, Koji and Gustavo.
The suspect, who used a semi-automatic handgun, fled the scene in a white car, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A bodyguard for Lady Gaga was said to have been pictured picking up her third French bulldog, Miss Asia, from the LAPD’s Hollywood station shortly after the shooting.
The singer’s team has already set up the email address [email protected] for any information on the missing dog.
Her dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, 30, had reportedly been walking the three French bulldogs outside his house before he was shot.
The shocking incident comes just a month after the Poker Face singer performed a rousing rendition of the national anthem at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration in Washington DC.
Lady Gaga’s father has now urged the public to help police catch the “creeps” who shot the dog walker.
Joe Germanotta spoke to Fox News on Thursday, just hours after the incident in California.
“Our whole family is upset and praying Koji and Gustavo are not harmed,” said Mr Germanotta.
“Help us catch these creeps.”
And Mr Germanotta, added: ““Horrible people in LA. Shooting someone in order to steal dogs is wrong.”
LAPD public information officer Jeff Lee says that investigators are treating the case as “assault with a deadly weapon.”
The Independent has reached out to representatives of the singer for comment.