News in Brief: Suspects in Sunday Shooting Are Still at Large, Police Say

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A nighttime shooting on Berkeley Way snarled traffic and left a Richmond man injured, police said yesterday.

Berkeley police Capt. Bobby Miller said a confrontation at 8:30 p.m. Sunday ended with one person in the hospital and two suspects on the run.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, was taken to Highland Hospital after receiving multiple gunshot wounds, Miller said.

Police said the man got into a disagreement with two teenagers, one of whom pulled out a firearm and shot him. The man drove to a nearby BART station and called the police, Miller said.

He said that, although the man remains in stable condition, police have not yet had an opportunity to interview him.

"The victim had some kind of argument with these folks, and he ended up getting shot several times," Miller said.

Miller described the shooters as two 18-year-old black men. The first suspect is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

Miller described the second man as 5 foot 7 inches tall and 155 pounds. Both men had a gold front tooth and may have been driving in a white Ford Mustang, he added.

Sasha Talcott

Berkeley Alum Joins Justice Dept.

Following in the footsteps of several colleagues, a UC Berkeley scholar has left for Washington, D.C. to advise the Clinton administration, university officials announced last week.

Joseph V. Farrell, who held teaching appointments in the economics department since 1991 and at the Haas School of Business since 1994, was appointed the U.S. Department of Justice's new deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis. His appointment brings to 15 the number of UC Berkeley affiliates that have counseled the current administration on a variety of issues.

"This is probably the best job in the world for someone who wants to be where industrial organization economics meets the road in competition enforcement," Farrell said in a statement. "The economic issues are often difficult, but the other way to looks at this is that it's an exciting time."

Carl Shapiro, a fellow UC Berkeley faculty member, held Farrell's position in Washington from 1995 to 1996. The two founded the Competition Policy Center at Haas while on campus.

"(The Justice Department is) one of the strongest agencies for doing strong state-of-the-art microeconomics, at least in the area of competition policy," Shapiro said in a statement. "It is aided by academics who cycle through. I think it's a nice model of Berkeley, in the nation's service."

Upon hearing the news of Farrell's possible appointment, Shapiro advised him to take the Department of Justice job.

"I told him, 'Go and enjoy yourself. Just don't stay too long,' " he said.


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