5-year-old Charleston shooting victim Tyreik Gadsden back home from hospital

Tyreik Gadsen rolls through the halls of Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte last month. He went home Thursday.

Tyreik Gadsden, the 5-year-old who was paralyzed by a gunshot outside his grandmother’s house on Charleston’s East Side, is back home with his family after a two-month stay in a Charlotte hospital.

Tyreik was released Thursday from Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, a hospital spokesman confirmed.

The boy was visiting his grandmother May 22 in the Wraggborough Homes housing project when a stray bullet struck him in the back a few feet from her front door near Mary and America streets.

The man suspected of shooting him is being held in the Charleston County jail on $2.5 million bail. 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.

A 20-year-old man was also wounded.

Tyreik will continue to need care and new wheelchairs as he grows.

“Tyreik made remarkable progress while he was at Levine Children’s Hospital, due in no small measure to his courage and dedication to his rehabilitation that was an inspiration to all his caregivers,” Dr. Tobias Tsai said in a statement Friday. “Going forward, Tyreik will need continuing rehabilitation to maximize functional independence. Also, as he grows, his equipment, like wheelchairs, will need to grow with him to meet his needs. Modifications to his residence, like entry ramps and wider doorways, will also ease his ability to live comfortably. Going forward, we expect that Tyreik will continue to require specialized equipment to successfully engage in community, school and leisure activities.”

Donations to help with his medical expenses can be made at any branch of South Carolina Federal Credit Union.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.