Two French bulldogs owned by Lady Gaga were stolen in a shooting in Hollywood that wounded her dog walker, published reports said Thursday. The shooting occurred about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, who could not confirm the dogs were owned by Lady Gaga or that the wounded man was her dog walker.
The wounded man, in his 30s, was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, police said.
The gunman, described only as a man, took the dogs and fled in a white vehicle, police said.
According to TMZ.com, "Lady Gaga's dogs were targeted by thieves Wednesday night ... thieves who shot her dog walker and stole 2 of her French Bulldogs ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ, and we're told Gaga is offering $500,000 for the return of her dogs, `no questions asked.' " "
The dog walker had three of Gaga's Bull Dogs out in Hollywood just before 10 p.m. when one gunman -- and possibly more -- came upon him. We don't know what was said, but the dog walker was shot and the gunman made off with 2 of the dogs," TMZ reported.
"There are reports there were only 2 Bull Dogs being walked with one taken and one escaped that was later found, but our law enforcement sources tell us 3 dogs were being walked and 2 were taken by the gunman. We're told the 3rd dog had run away but was later recovered," TMZ reported.
Lady Gaga has been in Rome working on a new movie, and her bodyguard was seen picking up the recovered bulldog, TMZ reported.
"Sources close to Gaga tell us she's extremely upset and is offering a half-a-million dollars to anyone who has her 2 dogs ... again, no questions asked," TMZ reported.
"Law enforcement does not know if the target was Lady Gaga's dogs specifically. French Bulldogs are in demand and expensive, so our sources say it's possible the gunman did not know the dogs were owned by Lady Gaga," TMZ added.