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Family: 5-year-old 'in good spirits' after shooting left him paralyzed

Tyreek Gadsden (Photo Source: Live 5) Tyreek Gadsden (Photo Source: Live 5)
The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at a housing development on America and Mary Streets. (Photo Source: Live 5) The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at a housing development on America and Mary Streets. (Photo Source: Live 5)
A five-year-old is recovering after a shooting outside his grandmother's home his family says has left him paralyzed.

Tyreik Gadsden has been moved out of the intensive care unit at MUSC Children's Hospital and is no longer considered to be in critical condition, but his grandmother says the bullet remains lodged in his spine and he is currently paralyzed from the waist down.Family members like Elaine Barnett hope the shooting can be a wake-up call for the community.

"If we can just pull together more in prayer and encouraging each other, because we have to stop the violence," she said.

The boy's parents are with him at his side and say Gadsden is in good spirits. He knows what happened to him, but he is being kept busy with toys and playing Mario Kart, they say.

"He's a gorgeous five-year-old, bubbly spirit." National Action Network spokesperson Tina Reddy said. "It could be something just like this that brings some type of healing to the community."

Gadsden was one of two people shot Friday at approximately 8:46 a.m. in a courtyard at the Wraggborough housing development on America Street and Mary Street. Police say Gadsden was wounded in the right side of his back, while a 20-year-old man was wounded in his lower left leg. The adult has since been released from the hospital, authorities say.

Investigators have no information on the gunman and have asked for the public's help in developing leads.

"It is crucial that we identify this violent offender quickly before they can harm anyone else in our community," Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said in a statement.

Rep. Wendell Gilliard and National Action Network are planning to host a fundraiser for Gadsden's medical bill on Monday at 5 p.m. at the ILA Hall, Gilliard said.

Anyone with information should contact the Charleston Police Department at (843) 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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