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Ronni Chasen Revelation: Guns Don't Match

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Beverly Hills investigators are now saying it is unlikely that Harold Smith -- a person of interest in the Ronni Chasen murder case who committed suicide in the lobby of the Harvey Apartments on Wednesday when police attempted to question him -- was the gunman, reports KTLA.

"KTLA has learned that the ballistics tests on the gun that Harold Smith used to kill himself was not the gun used to shoot Chasen five times in the chest as she drove through Beverly Hills from a party after attending the premiere of the movie "Burlesque," whose soundtrack she was promoting for an Oscar nomination."

Beverly Hills investigators learned of Smith from a tip related to the program, "America's Most Wanted."

Smith reportedly had been bragging about killing Ronni Chasen and was, "waiting to receive the $10,000 he was promised for the hit."