January 24, 2019

Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home

12 January 2018, 04:57 | Devin Moran

6-year-old boy wounded in Texas church shooting leaves hospital

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A motorcade escorted Ryland in the truck from the hospital in San Antonio back to Sutherland Springs, about an hour away. "He was heavily sedated", Duncan told ABC News. Inside the church, Ward was the first person he noticed.

Ward is one of the youngest survivors of the worst church shooting in USA history in which a deranged gunman killed 26 members of the First Baptist Church congregation.

Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. "That's where Ryland's hand reached out from under his stepmom and grabbed my pant leg". "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children". "Unfortunately his wife and two girls were actually gone".

On Nov. 5, the young boy was found alive beneath his stepmother, Joann Ward, who died shielding him with her body.

1st Sunday service held at Sutherland Springs church since attack Ward was shot several times in the Texas massacre that left 26 dead.

"He asked me to go faster, he asked me if the siren could be louder, and he wanted me to blow the horn more", Duncan told CBS News. "The whole time", Duncan said.

Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday.

Duncan said he continued to visit the little boy. "He walked for me for the first time. Of course with my help, but he walked", he said.

Duncan said he would make that happen as soon as his doctor said it was ok. "This little boy has the best fighting spirit I've ever seen out of anybody in my entire life".

"I was going to buy balloons at H-E-B (grocery store), but they donated them to me", Janie Boren said.

Ryland Ward spent two months in the hospital since the November 5 shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

Ryland lost three of his relatives in the shooting.

Ryland's grandmother Sandy Ward added, "It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is".

Little Ryland waved to Sutherland Springs community members who had gathered on the side of the road to welcome him home from the hospital. But his biggest party was saved for when the 6-year-old finally left the hospital and returned home Thursday.

Baker said they plan on traveling down Highway 87 from La Vernia to Sutherland Springs.

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