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Tyreik Gadsden testifies against man accused of paralyzing him in 2015 Charleston shooting

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Tyreik Gadsden (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Tyreik Gadsden was only 5 when he was left paralyzed by an errant bullet in a 2015 Downtown Charleston shooting.

Wednesday, a wheelchair-bound Gadsden, now 7, wheeled himself to the bench in a Charleston County courtroom, and testified against the man accused of firing the shots that paralyzed him and left another person wounded.

Police say on May 22, 2015, Calvin Brown, Jr. chased a man named Desmond Lewis through a Wraggaborough Homes public housing complex on America Street, shooting at him.

Police say Brown shot Lewis in the leg, and Gadsden, caught in the crossfire, was shot in the spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Gadsden testified Wednesday he didn’t remember seeing the shooting, or hearing the gunfire — only the pain of his injury.

Lewis took the stand late Wednesday afternoon, however he was largely uncooperative with prosecutors and during cross-examination. Detectives said on the night of the shooting, Lewis named Brown as the man who shot him and identified him in a line-up. Despite record of his prior statement, Lewis would not name Brown as the shooter in court.

But the jury heard plenty of testimony from other witnesses who said Brown confessed. One of them said he met with Brown face-to-face that night and asked him if he shot Lewis. The witness said Brown’s response was, “I clapped that boy.”

Brown is facing two charges of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.