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.
"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.