Ryland Ward, the six-year-old boy who was critically injured during in the Texas Church Shooting, has been discharged from the hospital. With the help of his newly-made friend, Ryland rode home in a fire truck.
Texas Church Shooting Claims 26
On the 5th of November 2017, at approximately 11:20 a.m., 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelly enters the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, armed with a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle. Moments later, the man opened fire on the church’s parishioners.
According to the police reports, in his frenzy, Kelly murdered 26 people and injured 20 others before he was gunned down by authorities. Among his victims was 6-year-old Ryland Ward.
Rusty Duncan, a volunteer firefighter, was among the first to arrive at the Sutherland Springs Church after the tragic event. Duncan recalls that, as he entered the church to help the victims, he felt something tugging on the pants of his uniform.
When he looked down, he saw Ryland there in tears, begging him to get him out of the church. Duncan picked him up and took the boy to the nearby ambulance. Ryland’s story is a tragic one – when the shooting broke out, the small boy was with his stepmother and two of his sisters inside the church.
Joanne, Ryland’s stepmom, was struck down by Kelly’s bullets while trying to shield the boy. Emily and Brooke, Ryland’s sisters were also injured in the shooting, but the doctors could not save their lives.
Two months in the hospital and at least two major surgeries should have taken a great toll on the lad, but, fortunately, he had Duncan to keep him company. The firefighter went to visit him every Sunday and promised him a special gift after he’ll be discharged.
After Ryland received a clean bill of health, his friend showed up with the Fire Department’s truck and offered to take him home. The little boy was more than thrilled to ride shotgun with his friend and even asked him to blow the truck’s sirens as loud as possible.
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