Man in shooting probe kills himself


Ronni Chasen was shot dead in Beverly Hills (AP)

A man wanted for questioning over the killing of a Hollywood publicist pulled out a handgun and killed himself as police tried to speak to him.

The detectives were serving a search warrant at the Harvey apartments building in Los Angeles.

Beverly Hills police Chief David Snowden said the man “was a person of interest only” in publicist Ronni Chasen’s death.

Chasen, 64, was shot last month in Beverly Hills as she drove her Mercedes home from a party after attending the premiere of the film Burlesque, whose soundtrack she was promoting for an Oscar nomination.

The attack stunned Hollywood, where Chasen was a revered figure after promoting the Oscar-winning film Driving Miss Daisy and other major movies and stars since the 1970s.

And it came in the midst of award season, her busiest time of year, when she helped studios mount expensive promotion campaigns for films.

Police spokesman Tony Lee said the murder investigation was not over.

Terri Gilpin, a building resident, said she was taking a nap when she heard a single shot fired.

“I thought it was backfire, but I was kind of half-asleep, in a drowsy state of mind,” she said. “It was kind of like a pop.”

Gilpin said she saw blood splattered on the lobby floor of the building.

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