Beverly Hills police search home of slain Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen
Beverly Hills detectives went to the home and office Tuesday of veteran Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen in search of any clues that might explain why she was shot multiple times in her Mercedes-Benz.
Detectives were looking for fingerprints, phone records and e-mail messages that might provide clues as to who shot Chasen, 64, early Tuesday morning near Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive, sources said.
Chasen lived on the eighth floor of a luxury high-rise apartment building on Wilshire, fronted by a circular driveway where residents can leave cars with a valet and a tiered garden featuring several rows of fountains.
A Beverly Hills police crime lab truck was parked in front of the building Tuesday, along with several TV news crews. Building manager Yasimin Khosrovani was guarding the gold-plated front doors to keep the media out.
Khosrovani, who has worked at the Regency Wilshire for six years, described Chasen as "a very nice person" who always said "hello" when she passed through the lobby.
"She was a lovely person and it's a loss," Khosrovani said, her eyes tearing up. "We're all very shocked."
She said nothing in Chasen's behavior ever aroused suspicion.
"I'm sure its just being at the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.
-- Kate Linthicum in Beverly Hills and Andrew Blankstein in Los Angeles
Photo: Ronni Chasen, second from right, at a 2009 Golden Globes party. Credit: Timothy Norris / Getty Images