- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whoever killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was an expert shot who was able to squeeze off multiple rounds in a tight and deadly formation, a retired investigator who saw a preliminary coroner’s report said Wednesday.

Gil Carrillo, who recently retired as a lieutenant after 38 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said he reviewed the document after it was obtained by KTTV Fox 11 News.

“The thing that stands out is the shots, where they were and the lack of hits anywhere else,” Carrillo told The Associated Press. “It’s a good shot group.”

The close grouping suggests the shooting was carried out by a hit man and was not the result of a gang attack or road rage, Carrillo told the AP.


Beverly Hills police have not released a possible motive and remained tightlipped about progress in the investigation.

KTTV said it appeared Chasen was shot three times in the right chest area and twice in the right shoulder.

The 64-year-old Chasen was attacked Nov. 16 in Beverly Hills as she drove home from a party after attending the premiere of the movie “Burlesque.”

“Whoever was shooting was aiming for center mass, and they got center mass,” Carrillo said.

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter would not confirm the authenticity of the document cited by Carrillo, which apparently was written by an investigator before Chasen’s autopsy. But Carrillo said he was certain it was genuine.

The document is now under a security hold, which means police must approve its official release.

The document says a hollow-point, 9-mm bullet was recovered from Chasen’s body, though Carrillo cautioned that ballistics tests could reveal the slug was a different caliber.

Investigators believe Chasen was shot as she waited to turn left from Sunset Boulevard to Whittier Drive, a road she could have taken to get back to her home in West Los Angeles. After she was shot, she drove about a quarter mile down Whittier before crashing into a light pole.

Beverly Hills police Chief David Snowden said there have only been four homicides in the city in the past five years, with three occurring this year. On July 20, the son of movie producer Fuminori Hayashida was found stabbed to death outside his home.

In 2008, actor Mark Ruffalo’s brother Scott Ruffalo died from a gunshot wound to the head. The death was ruled a homicide.