Lady Gaga's dognapping, dog walker shooting may have been part of gang initiation: report
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The dognapping of Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs and shooting of the "Rain On Me" singer's dog walker may have been a part of a gang initiation, according to a new report.
Authorities are now under the belief that the dognapping of Koji and Gustav, and the shooting of Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, may have been a gang initiation following a string of similar incidents in the L.A. area, according to TMZ, citing sources.
Last month, Fischer was walking Gaga's three dogs -- Gustav, Koji, and Asia -- in Los Angeles when he was attacked, shot, and Gustav and Koji were stolen while Asia got away.
Gaga’s dogs were eventually returned unharmed by a woman days after the incident, and while Gaga offered up a $500,000 reward for their safe return, police have reportedly advised the star not to pay up until the woman is cleared of any potential involvement in the case.
TMZ reports that the cops are currently investigating the woman who returned Gaga’s dogs, but they don't believe she was part of the dognapping.
The singer, 34, is reportedly more than willing to pay her promised reward once the woman is cleared.
The dognapping of Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs and shooting of her dog walker may have been part of a gang initiation, according to a new report. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
The stolen dogs were recovered by the woman on Feb. 26, Capt. Jonathan Tippet, commanding officer of the elite Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, said at the time.
Tippet said that the woman who dropped the dogs off appeared to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the theft of the animals.
According to the LAPD’s Twitter, they noted that "The woman found the dogs and reached out to Lady Gaga’s staff to return them."
"The woman’s identity and the location the dogs were found will remain confidential due to the active criminal investigation and for her safety," their tweet continued.