Ryan Fischer, the dog walker who was shot while walking musician Lady Gaga’s dogs last week, spoke out on Monday about his “very close call with death.”
“4 days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me. My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own,” Fischer wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed.
“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,” he continued.
Fischer was shot in the chest last Wednesday while walking the dogs, Asia, Koji and Gustav. Koji and Gustav were originally missing after the violent incident, but they were returned safely at a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) station on Friday.
The dog walker on Monday said his “life has taken a very sudden and unexpected turn.” He said in another Instagram post that he is “still in recovery from a very close call with death.”
“The gratitude for all the love I feel from around this planet is immense and intense. I felt your healing support! Thank you. 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,” Fisher shared, going on to thank his family and friends, as well as first responders and health care workers.
Fisher also tagged Lady Gaga in the post, telling the singer that “your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it!” and thanked her for “unwavering” support. The man also joked that he is looking forward to receiving “kisses and licks” and “maybe even an excitement pee” from her dogs after his recovery.
The LAPD last Thursday released descriptions of two men believed to be behind the shooting and the theft of Lady Gaga’s pets. Authorities say the two are both described as Black men between the ages of 20-25 who were driving a white Nissan Altima.
One of the men was holding a semi-automatic handgun that he used during the attack. Police said that Fischer was in critical condition following the shooting.
The “Rain on Me” singer on Friday posted a statement on Instagram calling Fisher “forever a hero.”
“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family,” she wrote.