A man was shot while he was walking two French bulldogs in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and the dogs were stolen, the police said. The dogs belonged to the singer Lady Gaga, according to a representative.
The shooting took place around 9:40 p.m. local time as the man, whom police did not identify, was walking north on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
It was not clear why the man was shot. The man, who is in his 30s, was shot at least once, the police said. The gunman stole the dogs and was seen leaving in a white vehicle, the authorities said. The victim was cradling a third dog as emergency medical workers treated him, according to KABC-TV which had a helicopter over the scene.
“It looks like a semiautomatic handgun was used,” Officer Jeff Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said Thursday.
The victim was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition on Thursday. No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing, Officer Lee said. The department’s Robbery-Homicide Division is handling the case.
The dogs, named Koji and Gustav, belong to Lady Gaga, who is offering a $500,000 reward for information about the dogs, a representative for the singer said. Anyone with information should email KojiandGustav@gmail.com, the representative said.
At the time, she named the puppy “cowpig and moopig” before naming it Gustav. She has featured the dogs in her social media posts over the years.
Lady Gaga, who performed the national anthem at President Biden’s inauguration last month, released her latest album, “Chromatica,” last year.