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."