State offers $5K reward for arrest in Wadesboro shooting that left teen dead, another paralyzed

WADESBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person accused of a shooting that left a Wadesboro high school student dead and another teen seriously hurt.

On Jan. 20, 2020, two teenagers playing pickup basketball were shot after leaving the courts at Harvest Ministries. Malik Byrd, 16, was killed. Chrishaun Hough, who was 15 at the time, was left paralyzed from the chest down after the shooting.

At the scene, Wadesboro police found a vehicle riddled with bullets.


At this point, no one has been charged with Byrd’s murder and Hough’s attempted murder.

Cooper said the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000.

Chrishaun’s family told Channel 9′s Tina Terry that they have new hope that it could be solved.

“It was like we finally getting somewhere,” said Chrishaun’s mother Loretta Gaddy. “Them boys didn’t ask to go through that, that day. They went to play basketball and it led to all of this.”

Gaddy and Wadesboro police asked the governor to get involved. They’re hoping the reward will help.

“You would want someone to care if it was your child,” Gaddy said. “I hate that it takes money to get people to talk when it’s certain situations like this innocent kids being gunned down. But, you know, money makes a lot of people talk. I’m hoping the right ones will come forward. Not just for the money, but to give our family justice, because them boys didn’t deserve what they been through.”

Chrishaun is a junior in high school now and for the first time since the shooting, he has started attending in-person classes at Porter Ridge High School. His cousin, Malik Byrd, went to Anson High School and would have graduated this year.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Wadesboro Police Department at 704-694-2167 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

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