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Ronni Chasen slaying: Detectives review 911 calls as they seek location of shooting

ChasenDetectives investigating the slaying of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen are examining 911 calls made around the time she was shot in hopes of determining precisely where the attack occurred.

Chasen was shot while driving her Mercedes home from a movie premiere after-party on Tuesday morning around the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

Lt. Tony Lee of the Beverly Hills Police Department said officials have not concluded whether she was shot at the intersection or closer to where her car crashed into a light pole near Whittier and Greenway Drive.

"As far as where the shooting occurred exactly, our detectives are trying to determine whether it occurred at the intersection or the site of the crash," he said. "We just don't know at this time."

Several residents dialed 911 at the time of the attack. The first call, from a resident living near Sunset and Benedict Canyon Drive, reported a gunshot. Moments later, more 911 calls came in reporting shots heard several blocks to the west, near Wilshire and Whittier Drive. Another resident called 911 to report hearing the car crash into the light pole.

Detectives are studying these calls and looking for surveillance tapes that might shed light on the case. There are currently no suspects or motive.

"Our invesigators are still working this around the clock," Lee said.


Former LAPD Chief Bratton offers scenarios in Ronni Chasen case

--Andrew Blankstein

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Could this event have any relation to the death threats recently received by casting directors? Is there a conspiracy to clean up Hollywood?

this is one the CSI team would throw their collective hands up on the air and stare blankly at each other, but I'll bet the clue to solve this one is on her cell phone. In the show The First 48, the victim was most always fielding calls from the assailant during the previous day. In this case, I'm predicting a male, 50-60 years old who feels slighted and very angry about her work on a project he was involved in, maybe not on the movie Burlesque, but one a previous movie. I doubt it was a car jacking- six to the chest and head is a guy very P.O.'d about something. Of course, since she was on the phone to her office giving orders for the next day, it might be the easy answer of a overworked, disgruntled employee.

Shot five times in chest.
Does not sound like a car jacking
but she was driving a hundred thousand plus dollar new automobile in early am.
The car may have been the cause. But five shots is more hate than robbery.

This is a terrible tragedy. It seems that Ms. Chasen was a good and hard working woman who was very well-liked and well-respected. May her soul rest in peace.

In regards to the comment above by Wayne:

a Mercedes 350E (like the one Ronni Chasen drove) costs around $50,000 -- it is NOT "a hundred thousand plus dollar new automobile" like you claim.

Not a carjacking.

Did anyone consider this is the hit squad Randy Quaid and his wife are so terrified of.

Terrible way to go. My sympathies to her friends and family.

It seems like this was some sort of premeditated execution style murder given the fact that the shots were standard "kill shots" across the chest. As one poster posited, it could be an angry client or former client. It could also have been a case of mistaken identity, given that it was a new car for her. No matter what the reason, it is a real tragedy and I hope the killer is caught soon.


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