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Was Ronni Chasen's Murder a Professional Hit?
While Beverly Hills Police Department detectives continue to work on determining a suspect and motive for the November 16th shooting death of Ronni Chasen, the speculation scuttlebutt is working overtime, too. Chasen "reportedly thought she was being followed months before her death and may have been the victim of a premeditated, professional hit," says KTLA, citing the NY Post."Experts" say Chasen believed she "was being followed by an unknown person back in March." The 64-year-old allegedly confided to her friends that she was afraid.
In the aftermath of the shooting, which authorities believe was done car-to-car as Chasen traveled along Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills on her way home, Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad put his foot in his mouth by talking out of turn and speculating during interviews about the manner in which the crime occurred.
The authorities continue to assert that Chasen's killing was an isolated incident, and that residents and visitors to Beverly Hills need not worry for their safety. BHPD Chief David Snowden "also said some information that had been reported in the press relied on erroneous information, though he did not say what it was."