Tyreik Gadsden Testifies Against Man Who Paralyzed Him
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Tyreik Gadsden, now 7-years-old, appeared in a Charleston County courtroom this week to testify against the man who left him paralyzed in 2015.
Witnesses testified that Calvin Brown Jr. had an argument with a man named Desmond Lewis over a woman who they were both dating at the time.
Brown chased Lewis through a public housing complex on America Street and shot him in the leg.
One witness said he talked to Brown hours after the shooting. An attorney asked what he and Brown discussed that night.
WITNESS: “Did you shoot Fats?”
LAWYER: “And what did he say?”
LAWYER: “Specifically, what did he say?”
WITNESS: “I clapped that boy.”
Tyreik, who was 5-years-old at the time, was hit by a stray bullet outside of his grandmother’s downtown home.
While testifying on Wednesday, Gadsden told the courtroom that he didn’t remember seeing the shooting or hear gunfire, but he did remember the pain of his injury which left him paralyzed.
At one point the judge asked if he thought he would be able to walk again – Tyreik simply stated “yes”.
Brown is facing two charges of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.