National Action Network hosting benefit for Tyreik Gadsden

National Action Network hosting benefit for Tyreik Gadsden

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A silent auction will be held Friday night to raise money for Tyreik Gadsden, the 5-year-old who was left paralyzed from the waist down following a shooting three weeks ago.

The National Action Network will host the auction at Scotts Grand Banquet Hall, located at 5060 Dorchester Road, beginning at 7 p.m. Sales and donations through the auction will go to the Tyreik Gadsden Benefit Fund.

Entertainment will be provided by Lonnie Hamilton, John Tecklenburg, and the Quartets.

Tyreik was left paralyzed following a shooting on May 22 in the area of Mary and America Streets while outside his grandmother's home. It was the day of his kindergarten graduation.

The 5-year-old boy was struck in the back by gunfire, leaving him paralyzed from waist down.

A man was also shot in the leg and suffered minor injuries, police say.

According to the National Action Network, bullet fragments that remain lodged in Tyreik's spine have caused an infection resulting in meningitis.

Officials said on Thursday doctors reported that Tyreik, who is receiving specialized treatment at a hospital in North Carolina, is having headaches and trouble sitting up.

Tyreik's family says that despite the diagnosis, the young boy has remained in good spirits.

Calvin Brown, Jr. was arrested on June 5 for the shooting. He's charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

His bond was set at $2.5 million.

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