Boy injured in Sutherland Springs shooting released from the hospital

Ryland Ward

Ryland Ward

Ryland was among the 20 people who survived the shooting attack by a gunman at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Ryland suffered massive injuries November 5 when a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church and slaughtered 26 people, including Ryland's stepmother, Joanne, who tried valiantly to shield her kids.

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. "So I'm happy for him even though I'm crying, I'm happy he's coming home", said Del Bauer who lives near Sutherland Springs.

"As soon as we got him outside, his dad [Chris Ward] ran up to me and said, 'They killed my baby, ' Duncan continued".

Duncan said he visited the boy throughout his stay at the hospital, where he went through "surgery after surgery", ABC News reported.

Among the injured was now-6-year-old Ryland Ward, who was shot several times.

"He loved every minute of the firetruck", Duncan said after dropping Ryland off at home. Ward's daughters, Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7, were also killed.

Duncan made a promise to Ryland for the day he gets out of the hospital.

"The whole time I was with him, he was conscious and staring up at me. Of course with my help, but he walked". "And I felt a little tug on my pant leg. We just had a connection", Duncan said.

When the boy was healthy enough to come home, Duncan gave him a ride.

Sutherland Springs community members gathered in wait, holding signs including "Welcome home handsome" and "Yay buddy".

Ryland lost three of his relatives in the shooting.