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5-year-old shot in downtown Charleston moved to NC hospital

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)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A 5-year-old who was left paralyzed after a shooting in downtown Charleston has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in North Carolina for specialized treatment, according to sources close to the family. 

Tyreik Gadsden was one of two people shot on May 22 at 8:46 p.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.

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.

"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."

"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.

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

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