Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home


Duncan, assistant chief of the Stockdale Fire Department, told ABC News that he pulled Ryland to safety.

Ryland Ward, now 6 years old, was among the 20 people who were injured in the deadly mass shooting that killed 26 churchgoers, including an unborn child, on November 5.

Duncan said he is overwhelmed by the support for the idea.

Today, the final victim recovering in the hospital, a six-year-old boy, got to ride home in style. But her daughters Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7, were killed.

"Hopefully we'll all heal and that we can learn that God is Love and Jesus is more powerful than hate", said Richard Pederson who drove about 60 miles to get to Sutherland Springs. "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children".

Duncan said that as of this week, Ryland was walking again, with assistance. He was shot twice in the left leg, twice in the stomach and once in the left arm, according to his grandmother, Sandy Ward.

A motorcade escorted Ryland in the truck from the hospital in San Antonio back to Sutherland Springs, about an hour away.

1st Sunday service held at Sutherland Springs church since attack Ward was shot several times in the Texas massacre that left 26 dead. "People at the hospital were nice and everything, but he turned 6 years old and had Christmas in there, and he just wanted to get out and get back to being kid", Earl McMahan, Ward's great-uncle, told UPI.

Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday.

"I was going to buy balloons at H-E-B but they donated them to me", Janie Boren said. In the Facebook post, Duncan has asked people to contact him to help give Ryland a big welcome home.

They lined the streets on the way to Sutherland Springs to cheer him on as he made his way down the highway.

Many got emotional at the sight of Ryland returning home on a firetruck.