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Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was shot multiple times as she drove through Beverly Hills in her Mercedes from a party after attending the premiere of the movie "Burlesque."

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was shot multiple times as she drove through Beverly Hills in her Mercedes from a party after attending the premiere of the movie “Burlesque.”

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A law enforcement official says a gun used by a man to kill himself as police tried to talk to him about the slaying of a Hollywood publicist was likely not the weapon used in the high-profile slaying.

 

The official, who was not authorized to speak about the case and requested anonymity, said the revolver used by Harold Martin Smith to kill himself was not a 9-mm weapon.

An initial coroner’s report stated that publicist Ronni Chasen appeared to have been killed last month with 9-mm hollow point bullets.

The law enforcement official would not specify what caliber bullets Smith used to shoot himself last week, when Beverly Hills police investigating the death of Chasen went to speak with him at a rundown apartment building.

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