Two months back, recent news hit that Lady Gaga’s dog walker was out with her two French bulldogs when she was shot and the dogs were stolen. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney, five people were arrested this week.
Jaylin White, 19; James Jackson, 18; and Lafayette Whaley, 27; were three confirmed suspected charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree robbery, and attempted murder. Beyond those charges, Jackson faces a single count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felony charge for carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle.
According to police, the three suspects are documented gang members who targeted these bulldogs due to their high-end value. Suspects were unaware that the bulldogs belonged to Lady Gaga.
The Additional Defendants
Harold White, 40; and Jennifer McBride, 50; were both given accessory charges. The dogs were returned to police by McBridge a few days after Gaga released a statement for a half-million-dollar reward. Police advised Gaga to refrain from paying the award, though Jonathan Tippet, LAPD Capt, said that McBridge was “uninvolved and unassociated” with the suspects.
McBridge was charged with a single count of receiving stolen property while Harold was charge with a single count of firearm possession.
The three suspects are scheduled for an arraignment at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. A statement by District Attorney George Gascon read, “This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded. We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”
Ryan Fischer, Gaga’s dog walker, was shot with a semi-automatic handgun on February 24th, 9:40 pm local time. The male suspect took both of the dogs into his white Nissan Altima before fleeing the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Fischer Makes a Recovery
Fischer recounted the shooting via Instagram post during his recovery last month.
“While a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me,” he wrote. “My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own. I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologized that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself.”
In an interview with People, Fischer noted that his lungs collapsed numerous times after he was shot. However, he remained very optimistic about his recovery.
“I am humbled and grateful that attention and focus from the police were enough to get Koji and Gustav back to safety, and I know they are committed to bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice. I am so appreciative of everything you continue to do,” he said.
After the attack, Gaga put out a statement referring to Fischer as a “Hero.”
“I continue to love you, Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family,” she wrote. “You’re forever a hero.”