“He happened to step in front of a bullet,” 5-year-old paralyzed after being caught in the crossfire

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A 5-year-old boy is now paralyzed after being accidentally shot on Friday.

Tyreek Gasden was shot just a few steps from his grandmother’s doorstep in Charleston.

Gasden’s grandmother says the family was on their way out of the house to go to a birthday party and the 5-year-old was the first one out of the door.

“He happened to step in the front of a bullet,” said Dee Jones, Tyreek’s grandmother.

“I open my door and he ran before me,” said Jones. “I’m seeing bullets past my face and when I went to cover him, I realized they were shooting. The shooter was running past me, so I tried to cover him but I didn’t know he was already shot.”

The 5-year-old was rushed to surgery to stop fluid leaking from his spine.

Tyreek’s mother told WCBD that he is able to communicate with family members but cannot move the lower half of his body.

Community leaders are now calling on the public to help find the shooter.

“Before you lay your heads down tonight and think that you could sleep in peace while that 5-year-old boy’s life is lingering, now is not the time to be silent,” said Rep. Wendell Gilliard.

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