Police investigate attempted murder

Daily Planet wire report
Tuesday November 21, 2000

Berkeley police are looking for suspects today in an attempted murder case in which a man was shot twice while he waited for a red light to turn green. 

Lt. Russ Lopes said the victim was driving westbound on Ward Street toward Sacramento Street at about 8:50 a.m. While he was waiting at a red light, another vehicle drove up and a passenger fired four rounds, Lopes said. 

One shot hit the man in the left forearm while another went from his upper back to his chest. Lopes said that none of the bullets struck vital organs and the victim was able to drive himself to Alta Bates Medical Center. He was later taken to the trauma center at Highland Hospital in Oakland, and Lopes said he is in good condition. 

Lopes said the victim did not have time to see what kind of car carried the shooter. 

“He never did see the car,” Lopes said. “It came on him pretty fast, and the impact of the second round threw him upon the steering wheel, and he was pretty much on the floor after that.” 

Lopes said police are working with several witnesses. Police also activated a community alert system, which telephoned residents near the area asking them for information about the incident.