Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home

Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home

Pictures show him grinning widely as a slew of firefighters and law enforcement officers greeted him at University Hospital, where he has spent the last two months being treated for five bullet wounds. Duncan was one of the first to go inside the church.not knowing what he'd find inside.

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

Today, Ryland was discharged from the hospital and was treated with a special ride home in a firetruck.

"We've been doing prayers every day since day one that it happened", Guadalupe Huerta said.

"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.

Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday.

"I met with her and talked to her, then I was actually able to go to the hospital and see him for the first time".

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Duncan told KENS 5 that he received the news from Ryland's mother and father.

Duncan said that as of this week, Ryland was walking again, with assistance. He told six-year-old Ryland that whenever he needs him he's just a phone call away. "Of course with my help, but he walked", he said.

The Stockdale Fire Department escorted him home with a ride through town on a red fire truck.

"I was going to buy balloons at H-E-B (grocery store), but they donated them to me", Janie Boren said. He drags his left leg as he walks, but has been buoyed by an outpouring of support from Sutherland Springs residents and people around the world who sent him over 1,000 Christmas cards.

According to University Hospital, Ryland was the facility's final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting.

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

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