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  • (University Health System) Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, Jan. 11, 2018.(SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas) -- A little boy who was shot in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre arrived home Thursday -- riding through town on a firetruck -- after more than two months in the hospital.On Nov. 5, a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church, leaving 26 dead, according to police, who have included an unborn child in the death count. The attack was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history.Among the injured was now-6-year-old Ryland Ward, who was shot several times.Volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan was a first responder that day, and he told ABC News he was the one who found Ryland and pulled him to safety.Once he rushed inside the church, he went through the aisles and "started checking for people's pulses," Duncan said. "That's where Ryland's hand reached out from under his stepmom and grabbed my pant leg. I rolled her over and grabbed him and started running outside with him.""As soon as we got him outside, his dad [Chris Ward] ran up to me and said, 'They killed my baby.' "And I told his dad, 'No, he's not dead, he's still alive,'" Duncan said. "Unfortunately his wife and two girls were actually gone."Chris Ward's wife and Ryland's stepmother, Joann Lookingbill Ward, was among the dead, as well as Joann Lookingbill Ward's daughters, Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7.Ryland was rushed to the hospital and soon the young boy's mother reached out to Duncan, the firefighter said."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," about a week after the shooting, Duncan said."He was heavily sedated," Duncan said, going through "surgery after surgery."Duncan said he continued to visit the little boy at the hospital, including this week."He's doing great," Duncan said. "He walked for me for the first time. Of course with my help, but he walked."Ryland's grandmother, Sandy Ward, told ABC News that Ryland is trying to walk but keeps dragging his left foot and he also has limited use of his hip."He's a character," Duncan said. "This little boy has the best fighting spirit I've ever seen out of anybody in my entire life. He's kept me going this whole time. Even when I was giving up ... just thinking about him and being around him makes me smile."According to University Hospital, Ryland was the facility's final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting."It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is," Sandy Ward said on Wednesday. "We're just excited to get him to come home."On Thursday, Ryland was discharged from the hospital and was treated with a special ride home in a firetruck.Sutherland Springs community members gathered in wait, holding signs including "Welcome home handsome" and "Yay buddy.""Welcome home!" they screamed as the police escort -- and finally the firetruck carrying Ryland -- arrived in town."Just happy the Lord brought him home and he's doing good," one emotional Sutherland Springs resident told ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT. "Total joy. This is our town, this is our family."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(MESA, Ariz.) -- A high-speed car chase in Arizona had a bizarre Bonnie and Clyde ending when the suspects embraced shortly after their daring run from authorities ended.KNXV-TV, ABC's Phoenix affiliate, was able to capture Wednesday night's chase on video.Police in Mesa, Arizona, said the incident occurred after attempting to pull over a stolen silver SUV from Apache Junction, Arizona.According to police, 35-year-old Dustin Perkins and 29-year-old Lovida Flores failed to stop when a police unit spotted the stolen vehicle. The patrol officer didn't pursue the SUV but alerted dispatchers.A short time later a separate Mesa patrol unit spotted the reported stolen car. This time, a chase ensued. Several local agencies even joined in the pursuit, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.The suspects could be seen weaving in and out of traffic during the run that lasted over 30 minutes. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed through a wooded fence, spinning out of control and into a ditch. Perkins and Flores fled the vehicle and ran in opposite directions. Soon after, they walked toward one another and embraced. Police then moved in to arrest them.The two suffered injuries as a result of the crash, according to officials. Perkins suffered a broken hand while Flores' injures were more severe. She was taken to Banner Dessert Medical Center according to the sheriff's office. She is listed in serious condition, KNXV reported.The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the two face multiple charges, including aggressive driving, criminal damage and stolen vehicle charges. It was not clear if they had retained an attorney.
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  • Starflamedia/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman was seriously injured in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday morning after falling in a gap between the subway tracks and the platform, according to the New York Police Department.The woman became pinned between the tracks and a subway car, sustaining serious injuries and unable to get up, fire officials told ABC News.The incident occurred on a Manhattan-bound L train at the Bedford Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. The MTA suspended subway service in both directions in and out of lower Manhattan, while first responders worked to rescue the woman.The unidentified woman was freed and taken to the hospital in stable condition. L train service has since resumed.
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  • DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(REDDING, Calif.) -- A California man gave a dramatic TV interview Tuesday confessing to a 1993 murder before going to a police station to turn himself in.Brian Hawkins, 45, went to the ABC affiliate KRCR news station in Redding, California, on Tuesday, saying he wanted to speak about his involvement in the killing of Frank McAlister.Crying, Hawkins told the station, "I've been through hell my whole life because of this," adding he has lived with the "absolute horror ... since that day.""Every minute of every day has been a nightmare," Hawkins told the station. "Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I'm 44 and still haven't even had a life and now most likely won't anyway."A cold case killingIn May 1993, 19-year-old McAlister went missing, the Redding Police Department said in a statement Wednesday. His remains were found by a hiker the next year in Shingletown, California, and his death was ruled a homicide, police said.On Tuesday, Hawkins voluntarily gave a statement to Redding police, telling investigators he and siblings Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver killed McAlister, police said.Police said Hawkins told them that he and the Culvers lured McAlister to the Shingletown area to rob him of money he had to buy methamphetamine. Then, the three conspired to kill the teenager, police said.Hawkins and Curtis Culver "stabbed the victim to death and left his body in the woods," police said. "The trio then took his money and vehicle and drove back to Redding, abandoning the victim’s vehicle."In 1993, investigators learned that Hawkins and the Culvers were the last people to see McAlister alive, but they denied involvement, police said.A TV confessionBut before Hawkins went to police, he stopped by the KRCR station and said he wanted to confess to the killing, KRCR reported.KRCR agreed to interview him, but the station said it would hold the interview until he surrendered to law enforcement and his confession was corroborated.Hawkins said he found "God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing.""I know the wrong can't be changed," he said, "but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing."Hawkins said he spoke to McAlister's family last year "and told them I was going to make it [to the family's home] so I could tell them what happened and I wanted their forgiveness. By the time I got there, his father had passed away."Clearing his conscienceAfter the visit to the news station, Hawkins met with investigators. According to the police, Hawkins told them "he could no longer live with the guilt" and wanted to clear his conscience.On Wednesday, Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver were taken to the Redding Police Department and questioned, and later arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for homicide, police said. Hawkins was also arrested.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.
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  • VitalyEdush/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A woman is recovering from injuries after she was bitten by a sea lion while swimming in San Francisco's Aquatic Park on Thursday, the fourth attack by a sea lion in the same area in less than a month, officials said.The woman was attacked around 7 a.m. PT and taken to a local hospital, where she was being treated for injuries to her leg, officials said.The victim is a member of the South End Rowing Club located near Aquatic Park. Club members told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV that she is an accomplished swimmer.Club members identified the victim as Irene Chan and said she usually swims in the chilly waters near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf every morning."I just heard a yell for help and literally, I swam over to her and asked her what happened and she said she'd been bit and I said, 'Is it bad?'" Alice Ma, who witnessed the attack, told KGO-TV. "So she showed me what it looked like, but it was dark so you really couldn't see anything, so I started swimming with her and I said 'Do you want me to pull you back to the beach?' And she said, 'No, no, I can swim by myself I just can't kick because the sea lion bit me on my knee.'"Jeannie Duncan, a retired San Francisco Fire Department paramedic, provided Chan with medical help on shore as they waited for an ambulance.The attack was the fourth by a sea lion at Aquatic Park since mid December, including two that happened on consecutive days. One of the earlier victims, a man, suffered a serious bit to his groin, officials said.The sea lion attacks prompted the National Parks Service, which oversees Aquatic Park, to ban swimming in the area for several days in December.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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