Dive team scours Des Plaines River for gun

  • A sonar device is carried into the water as police and fire officials search for a weapon in the Des Plaines River just south of the Route 176 bridge in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. The search is in connection to a recent shooting in North Chicago Lt. George McClary with the North Chicago police department said.

      A sonar device is carried into the water as police and fire officials search for a weapon in the Des Plaines River just south of the Route 176 bridge in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. The search is in connection to a recent shooting in North Chicago Lt. George McClary with the North Chicago police department said. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fire officials gather on the Des Plaines River Trail just south of Route 176 prior to searching the Des Plaines River for a weapon Wednesday afternoon in Libertyville.

      Fire officials gather on the Des Plaines River Trail just south of Route 176 prior to searching the Des Plaines River for a weapon Wednesday afternoon in Libertyville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 2/8/2012 7:09 PM

A dive team helped North Chicago police search for a firearm in the Des Plaines River near Route 176 for much of Wednesday afternoon but came up empty, officials said.

North Chicago police requested the help of the Libertyville fire department's dive team in locating the weapon, which police said was used in a nonfatal shooting last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Fire department officials said the suspect was in custody, but police want to analyze the weapon to see if it was involved in any other shootings.

"The person that threw the gun in there was with the police department," said Libertyville assistant Fire Chief Mike Cloe. "He pointed out where it was."

A dive team used sonar scanners to search the area just south of the Route 176 bridge, but the river bottom was filled with sticks and rocks making the search difficult, officials said.

Teams searched from about 1 p.m. until dusk, and plan to search the area again Thursday for a few more hours, Cloe said.

"The person swears it's in there," Cloe said.

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