Lafayette Shon Whaley, 27, and Jaylin Keyshawn White, 19, have been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. They are two of the five people charged for their alleged roles in the shooting of Ryan Fischer, 40, an assistant of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, 35, who is professionally known as Lady Gaga.
On February 24, 2021, Fischer walked Gaga’s three French bulldogs on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States while she was in Rome, Italy shooting a movie. Whaley, White and James Howard Jackson, 18, allegedly approached Fischer and stole two of the dogs.
Jackson is accused of shooting Fischer, who tried to save the dogs. White, Whaley and Jackson allegedly fled the scene in a white four-door Nissan Altima with the two stolen dogs named Gustav and Koji.
“He’s been with them a long time and I just think it’s remarkable that this is going to come to closure,” Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta, 63, said of Fischer in an interview with Extra TV. “I just hope somebody in L.A. actually prosecutes these kids.”
While still in Rome, Gaga offered $500,000 for the return of her two dogs. At around 6:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021, Jennifer McBride, 50, brought the dogs to the Olympic Community Police Station of the LAPD, Associated Press reported.
McBride is the girlfriend of White’s father Harold White, 40. She claimed that she found Gaga’s dogs tied to a pole, which the singer’s father never believed.
Jaylin was charged with assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. He, Jackson and Whaley were also charged with one count each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.
In addition, Jackson was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Harold was charged with possession of a firearm and accessory after the fact while McBride was charged with receiving stolen property and accessory after the fact.
On April 29, 2021, McBride, Harold, Jaylin, Jackson and Whaley pleaded not guilty. They are expected to appear in court on May 11, 2021.