Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot and two of her French Bulldogs stolen
The dogs were being walked near the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue, a palm-tree lined residential street which is just off Sunset Boulevard.
A getaway car fled north towards Hollywood Boulevard, which is a few blocks from Sunset Boulevard. There are rugged canyons, popular with dog walkers, just north of there.
Video captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby home shows the white sedan pulling up next to the dog walker and two men in dark clothing getting out.
Although most of the action is hidden by a front-yard fence, it appears the men struggle with the shouting walker. One man then pulls what appears to be a gun and a shot is heard before the men pile into the car and flee.
The walker is heard repeatedly screaming: “Oh my God! I’ve been shot!”
He cries “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!” as someone runs out of the house to his aid.
Police cars pull up moments later.
The scene of the crime was close to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and less than a mile from the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held. In 2019 Gaga received her Oscar there for best original song in the film A Star Is Born.
Police said they believed two assailants carried out the attack. In a 911 call a dispatcher could be heard saying “Caller heard one gunshot” and that there was “screaming”.
The dispatcher said: “One male down. Male conscious and breathing, suffering from a gunshot wound.”
She added that “two small dogs” had been taken. It was not clear if the attackers knew the valuable French bulldogs, which can sell for thousands of dollars, belonged to Gaga.