A day after someone shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stole two of the singer’s pups, her dad, Joe Germanotta, has issued a plea for the return of the beloved canines. “Shooting someone in order to steal dogs is wrong,” Germanotta told Fox News on Thursday (Feb. 25), urging the public to help the family “catch these creeps.”
The incident occurred just before 10:00 p.m. on 1500 block of Sierra Bonita Avenue on Wednesday as the 30-year-old victim was walking the singer’s dogs, Koji and Gustav, when a gunman shot him once, took the dogs and fled the scene, LAPD officer Drake Madison said. A third dog was able to escape and later collected by officers in the area.
The suspect was seen fleeing in a white vehicle, north on Sierra Bonita Avenue towards Hollywood Boulevard, police said. Robbery-homicide division detectives have taken over the case. Gaga has offered a $500,000 reward, no questions asked, for her dogs’ safe return and anyone with information on the dogs can email KojiandGustav@gmail.com.
According to CNN, the LAPD is examining the “horrifying” home surveillance video showing the two unnamed individuals who attacked the dog walker, in which a light-colored sedan slows down and stops next to the singer’s assistant. At least two people can be seen stepping out of the car and attacking the dog walker, with the “victim shouting ‘no, no’ as he struggles with his attackers.” In the video, one man is reportedly seen restraining the victim as the other one points a gun, with the victim seen falling backwards as the men run back to the car.
“Oh my God, oh my God, help me,” the dog walker reportedly shouts in the video just as the car drives off and he is heard saying that he’s been shot in the heart and lungs and that the two dogs have been stolen. “We heard blood-curdling screaming. And then within about a minute, a shot rang out,” a neighbor who witnessed the attack told CNN. “We just ducked for cover, ran inside and called 911.”
TMZ posted the video, which you can watch here (Warning: contains disturbing images and sounds of violence).