LOS ANGELES - Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of the singer's French bulldogs were stolen Wednesday night in Los Angeles during an armed robbery, authorities said.
The famous pop star is now offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her dogs.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to FOX 11 Los Angeles that the dog walker was shot near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and is expected to survive his injuries. He was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time.
Two suspects got out of a white Nissan Altima with tinted windows and one of them opened fire at the dog walker, who has not yet been identified by authorities. Police said the suspects then got back into the car with two French bulldogs, named Koji and Gustav, and fled.
A third bulldog, named Miss Asia, was able to escape and was later found by law enforcement.
It's not yet clear if the dog walker was targeted because of his celebrity client.
Lady Gaga was in Rome at the time for her role in the upcoming movie "Gucci." The singer is offering the $500,000 reward and set up an email address, KojiandGustav@gmail.com, for information about the dogs.
Police were initially called to North Sierra Bonita Avenue, a street off the famed Sunset Boulevard, around 9:40 p.m. local time following several 911 calls reporting a man screaming and the sound of a gunshot, said Capt. Steven Lurie, commanding officer of the department’s Hollywood Division.
The dog walker tried to fight them off and was shot by one of the men wielding a semiautomatic handgun during the struggle. It's not yet known if both men were armed.
One suspect was described as a Black male wearing a black hat and black hoodie. The gender of the second suspect was unknown, who was wearing all black clothing, police said.
This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.