Detectives 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 Tuesday morning while driving her Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills as she headed home from a movie premiere after-party.
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 Whittier and Wilshire Boulevard. 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 no suspects or motive.
“Our investigators are still working this around the clock,” Lee said.
Beverly Hills detectives are focusing on forensic evidence gathered at the spot where Chasen was found. Residents who heard the crash found her slumped over the steering wheel, bleeding. The passenger-side window of her car was shattered.
One person who lives next to where Chasen’s car came to rest said she heard several shots, followed moments later by what she believed was the sound of a car crashing.
Chasen had attended an after-party for the premiere of the movie “Burlesque” at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
She is believed to have left the event for home about midnight, traveling west on Sunset Boulevard. Friends believe that she had planned to head south to her condominium on Wilshire Boulevard near the grounds of the Los Angeles Country Club.
The 6-mile drive would have taken Chasen along the Sunset Strip, an area with potential surveillance video as well as mansions with sophisticated security systems that include surveillance cameras that could allow investigators to pick up crucial clues.