Crime Stoppers reward increased to $5,000 for info on East Side shooting that paralyzed 5-year-old

Tyreek Gadsden, 5, was shot last week in Charleston’s East Side during an apparent gun battle between two people and he is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family. Police are still searching for the gunmen involved.

The Crime Stoppers reward for information about who shot a 5-year-old in Charleston’s East Side has increased to $5,000, according to the Charleston Police Department.

Donors agreed to supplement the normal Crime Stoppers reward of $1,000 to make a total of $5,000 for information leading to an arrest of who shot Tyreik Gadsden, states a Thursday news release.

Tyreik, who is now paralyzed from the waist down and recovering in a North Carolina rehabilitation hospital, was struck in the back by a stray bullet on May 22 while he visited with his grandmother at her home in the area of Mary and America streets.

“Detectives from the City of Charleston Police Department have worked many hours following leads in this case,” the Thursday release states. “They are working around the clock to bring justice for Tyreik and his family.”

To offer a tip in the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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