A $2.5 million bail set Saturday for the man suspected of wounding 5-year-old Tyreik Gadsden in a shooting last month on Charleston’s East Side was an “overwhelming” show of justice in the case, the boy’s family members said.
“It wasn’t easy for me and it’s not easy now,” said Derotha Jones, the boy’s maternal grandmother. “I feel like justice has been served.”
A second man, 20, also was wounded in the incident May 22 at the Wraggborough Homes housing project in the area of Mary and America streets.
Calvin Brown Jr., 27, of Hampden Court, faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Tyreik, a North Charleston child, was visiting with Jones, who lives at the complex, when a stray bullet struck him in the back a few feet from her front door.
The gunshot damaged the boy’s spine and left him paralyzed, authorities said. He’s currently receiving treatment at a rehab facility in Charlotte.
Brown’s arrest came Friday, two weeks after the gunfire. At a bond hearing Saturday morning, Charleston County Magistrate JoAnna Summey set bail at $1 million for each of the attempted murder charges and $500,000 for the weapons charge.
Speaking on behalf of Tyreik’s family, attorney Michael Cooper referred to Brown as an “absolute danger” to the community and a flight risk.
“He has no remorse, your honor, and he should be denied bond,” Cooper said.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Peper, acknowledged the family’s pain but alleged the suspect didn’t commit the crimes of which he stands accused.
Brown spends up to 60 hours a week working at Eli’s Table, a Charleston restaurant, and other jobs, Peper told the judge. Brown pursued a GED after completing three years at Stall High School in North Charleston, and he doesn’t have an extensive criminal history, Peper said.
“Justice will not be served by this arrest. ... The true shooter is still on those streets,” Peper insisted, questioning the reliability of the Charleston Police Department’s investigation. “This isn’t the guy.”
Peper countered the flight-risk accusation, saying Brown “has at all times cooperated with this investigation” by making himself available to investigators on three separate occasions prior to his arrest.
Tyreik’s family members wiped tears and offered each other hugs as the judge announced the $2.5 million bail.
Jones rebuffed Peper’s defense of Brown at the hearing’s conclusion.
“If he’s such a good citizen, why was he carrying a firearm?” she asked “We walked out of my door and he shot us. ... Anybody could have walked out their door. It just happened to be us.”
Lashaunna Jones, Tyreik’s mother, was “overcome with joy” at news of the arrest, Cooper said, adding that the break in the case was only the beginning and that an investigation is ongoing.
Tyreik’s parents were both in Charlotte with the boy at the time of the hearing. The boy is expected to remain there for at least another month, Cooper said.
Donna Gadsden, Tyreik’s paternal grandmother, said she prays for Tyreik’s full recovery.
“I have plenty faith, and I know my boy will walk again,” she said. “He knows and God knows he’s a blessed child.”
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