Community rallies for paralyzed five-year-old shot in the back

Community rallies for paralyzed five-year-old shot in the back

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Dozens of people came out to support and raise money for Tyreik Gadsden on Monday.

The five-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot on May 22.

"He's in good spirits," Chaplain Barnett, a family member said. "He's just a trooper."

"They told me that a five year old had been shot on the east side and that's the call you never want to get."

He was shot two weeks ago near a playground at his grandmother's house. His father made only a short emotional plea.

"If someone has any information about the incident that occurred with my son, I would like them to come forward," Ricky Gadsden said.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said someone knows who shot Tyreik Gadsden.

"If we don't have somebody step forward then this coward is going to get away with this," Mullen said.

While the event raised money for Gadsden's care, it focused on ending all violence.

"We need to ask ourselves some really serious questions about walking the talk about black lives matter," Dot Scott, the Charleston NAACP President said.

"If we don't show that we care about each and every body in our community then crime will repeat itself," State Representative Wendell Gilliard.

Gadsden's family members said the fundraiser was worth much more than money.

"At the condition of the world today, it seems like we're living in perilous times but to have the community and the state and everybody just rally around him it means a whole lot and it warms their hearts," Barnett said.

They say they're praying for Gadsden's recovery and for justice.

"It has happened, you can't undo what has happened but we would like you to step up to the plate and own up to what you did," Barnett said.

People with information are urged to contact the police department or Crime Stoppers.

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