North Riverside police have identified one person they believe was directly involved in a July 10 incident where a handgun was fired in an alley and continue to search for him with the help of other agencies, including the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force.

“We are looking to locate a suspect we believe is directly involved in the shooting,” said North Riverside Police Chief Anthony Garvey. “We want to question him, and have sent bulletins to local, state and federal agencies about him. We’ve also been directly in contact with Berwyn and Cicearo’s individual gang units.”

Garvey declined to release the man’s name, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation. However, North Riverside police arrested a Riverside man who is a self-admitted gang member last week during their investigation into the July 10 incident.

Carlos E. Campos, 21, a resident of the 100 block of East Quincy Street in Riverside, is in Cook County Jail charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He is being held on $100,000 bail after leading police on a wild chase that stretched from Berwyn to within a half mile of the Chicago Skyway toll bridge.

Just before 6 p.m. on July 13 North Riverside police along with WEDGE officers were conducting surveillance on a Berwyn home they believed might be a haunt of their shooting suspect.

Campos drove up and parked his blue Mercury on the street before entering the home through the alley. About 10 minutes later Campos reportedly returned to his car, opened the trunk and tossed a handgun into it before driving off.

Police tried to stop him a short time later, but Campos sped away, leading police on a chase through Lyons and then onto the Stevenson Expressway, where speeds reached 100 mph, according to Garvey, and involved officers from the Illinois State Police, Chicago police and the Cook County gang unit in addition to WEDGE and Lyons.

The chase ended when the Mercury’s engine failed and began smoking about a half mile west of the Chicago Skyway toll bridge. Police took Campos into custody without further incident. They also reportedly recovered a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun from the trunk. The gun is not believed to be the one used in the shooting. Shell casings recovered at the scene in North Riverside were for a 9 mm handgun.

Garvey said that Campos, a self-admitted member of the 12th Street Players street gang, “hasn’t been identified as being at the shooting.”

In addition to the weapons offense, Campos was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and a host of traffic offenses.

It’s still unknown whether anybody was wounded in the July 10 shooting incident, which has been linked by police to an altercation between rival gang members. Police received a report of a man seen fleeing the scene holding his shoulder, but no victim has been identified.

“At this point there’s still no evidence of anybody being hit,” Garvey said. “It’s being investigated as an unlawful discharge of a firearm.”

At least one bullet struck a garage in the alley between the 2400 blocks of Northgate and Hainsworth avenues. That bullet was recovered by police.