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Woman in Mercedes-Benz found fatally shot in Beverly Hills [Updated]

November 16, 2010 |  7:32 am

Bh Beverly Hills police searched Tuesday for a gunman who fatally shot a woman in a Mercedes-Benz multiple times.

6a00d8341c630a53ef01348906ecfa970c-pi Officers who arrived at Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive about 12:30 a.m. found the Mercedes-Benz E350 crashed into a light pole with the unidentified female driver suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

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No one else was in the car.

Paramedics took the woman to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The shooting was under investigation as detectives tried to determine who shot the woman and why.

[Updated at 8 a.m.: The killing marks the third homicide this year in Beverly Hills, an unusally high number in a city that had no homicides either last year or in 2007, according to coroner's data collected for The Times interactive Homicide Report.

In July, Katsutoshi Takazato, the 21-year-old son of a Japanese filmmaker, was stabbed to death at a home in Trousdale Estates. Authorities arrested Takazato's former girlfriend and a man she was dating in connection with the killing.

In May, Diane Newlander, 73, was found shot to death in the 400 block of South Swall Drive in Beverly Hills. Authorities said her husband killed her before taking his own life.]


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Top photo: Beverly Hills traffic control officer James Tyner puts up additional yellow tape at the corner of Walden and Whittier drives, a block from the fatal shooting. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: The Mercedes-Benz where a woman was found shot in Beverly Hills. Credit: KTLA

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report