Publicist's Murder Was Planned

Police reviewing security footage from Buddy Hackett estate

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2010 2:19 AM CST

(Newser) – Police probing the mysterious murder of movie publicist Ronni Chasen now believe the killing was planned, and not the result of road rage or a carjacking, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. Beverly Hills police suspect Chasen was killed by shots fired from a vehicle that pulled up beside her Mercedes as she made a turn onto Sunset Boulevard, the sources say. Police haven't yet determined a motive.

"We know it's not some sort of sniper shooting from across the street—ridiculous theories we can discount," a sergeant says. "We haven't ruled anything out within reason." Police are reviewing 911 calls made around the time of the shooting early Tuesday morning and examining security camera footage. Sources say relevant footage has been obtained from cameras outside the home of Sherry Hackett, widow of the late comedian Buddy Hackett. Click here for more on the case.

A utility worker examines the Beverly Hills site where Ronni Chasen was found inside her vehicle. She crashed into a light pole after being shot in the chest several times.
A utility worker examines the Beverly Hills site where Ronni Chasen was found inside her vehicle. She crashed into a light pole after being shot in the chest several times.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Hollywood publicist Ronni Sue Chasen was shot to death early Tuesday in her Mercedes-Benz in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
Hollywood publicist Ronni Sue Chasen was shot to death early Tuesday in her Mercedes-Benz in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.   (AP Photo/California Department of Motor Vehicles)
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