Updated story

A week after the mass shooting in Cornell Square Park that injured Deonta' Howard and 12 others, the 3-year-old
is finally headed home.

Deonta' was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital Wednesday night where he was recovering from a gunshot wound after a bullet passed under his ear and out his cheek.

(Earlier: How you can help victims of Chicago's mass shooting.)

“I love y’all,” Deonta' said after visiting a crowd of well-wishers at the New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn. “I was happy to be home.”

At the church, CBS Chicago reports the toddler sang “May the good Lord bless you. May the good Lord bless you" into a microphone and plucked a few chords on the guitar.

"As his mother, I can only be strong because he's strong," Shamarah Leggett, 24, said Tuesday according to DNAinfo Chicago. "He's doing better than I expected. He's moving around, playing — he's back to Deonta'."

Pastor Cory Brooks of New Beginnings Church has been sharing photos of Deonta's progress:

While Leggett said her son can talk, see and hear -- "There's nothing wrong with his brain, it's just his face" -- Deonta' has stitches in his jaw, eye and nose. His right eye is swollen almost completely shut.

Doctors say Deonta' faces a decade of plastic surgery; he'll need ongoing surgeries as he grows until he's 13 years old.

While Leggett told reporters her son's spirits are high, he's also afraid, telling her, “No mom, I don’t want to go back to that park."

"He thinks he’s going to get shot in the park," Leggett told CBS Chicago. "That’s all he keeps saying is he’s going to get shot in the park. 'I don’t want to go back to the park. That man, he was in the park with a gun.'”

"It ain't ever going to be the same," Leggett added, telling NBC Chicago she plans to move from Back of the Yards because she no longer feels safe.

On Tuesday, Chicago police announced they had charged four men in the shooting, including one they believed to be a gunman.

"I just started crying," Leggett said when she learned of the charges. "Tears of joy not tears of pain."

As Deonta' continues to heal, Leggett said her son's recovery -- let alone the fact he survived -- is "more than a miracle."

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  • Pictures of the suspects charged in last Thursday's mass shooting at Cornell Square Park are put on display during a press conference at police headquarters on September 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The four men charged are Kewane Gatewood, 20, Bryon Champ, 21, Brad Jett, 22, and Tabari Young, 22. Police believe the shooting was carried out in retaliation for an unreported shooting earlier in the day when Champ received a graze wound. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, photo, a women becomes emotional near the scene of a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yard neighborhood that left multiple victims including a 3-year-old boy. Thursday night's attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West)

  • In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, photo, bystanders convene near the scene of a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yard neighborhood that left multiple victims including a 3-year-old boy. Thursday night's attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West)

  • Twenty-six-year-old Cleo Miller hangs from the rim while playing basketball in Cornell Square Park Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Chicago. The park was the scene of a late-night attack Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in which 13 people were wounded, including a 3-year-old, by a gunman that used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it "a miracle" no one was killed, the city's police superintendent said Friday. The attack happened shortly after 10 p.m. while the Cornell Square Park was still crowded with people watching a basketball game and enjoying a warm late summer night. Investigators believe several people took part in the attack but weren't sure yet how many fired shots. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Morris Shadrach Davis, speaks outside his home on the west side of Chicago Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, about the shooting that injured his 3 year-old grand-nephew, Deonta Howard. The the child was injured during a shooting in the city's Cornell Square Park the night before. The park was the scene of a late-night attack Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in which 13 people were wounded, including 3-year-old, Howard. Police sources say the gunman used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it "a miracle" no one was killed, the city's police superintendent said. The attack happened shortly after 10 p.m. while the Cornell Square Park was still crowded with people watching a basketball game and enjoying a warm late summer night. Investigators believe several people took part in the attack but weren't sure yet how many fired shots. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • This family handout photo provided by Rev. Corey Brooks shows 3-year-old Deonta Howard with his mother, Shamarah Leggett, recovering from a gunshot wound Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Howard was among 13 people shot Thursday night, Sept. 19, 2013, at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side. (AP Photo/Family photo via Rev. Corey Brooks)

  • This family handout photo provided by Rev. Corey Brooks shows 3-year-old Deonta Howard recovering from a gunshot wound Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Howard was among 13 people shot Thursday night, Sept. 19, 2013, at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side. (AP Photo/Family photo via Rev. Corey Brooks)

  • This family handout photo provided by Rev. Corey Brooks shows 3-year-old Deonta Howard recovering from a gunshot wound Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Howard was among 13 people shot Thursday night, Sept. 19, 2013, at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side. (AP Photo/Family photo via Rev. Corey Brooks)

  • Garry McCarthy

    Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Chicago. McCarthy discussed a shooting that occurred the night before in Cornell Square Park on the city's southwest side, that was the scene of a late-night attack Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in which 13 people were wounded, including a 3-year-old. The gunman used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it "a miracle" no one was killed, McCarthy said. The attack happened shortly after 10 p.m. while the Cornell Square Park was still crowded with people watching a basketball game and enjoying a warm late summer night. McCarthy said that based on witness interviews, it appears the attack was gang-related and that several victims are gang members. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • This still frame made from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, video provided by Ken Herzlich, shows the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot Thursday night in a city park in Chicago. Thursday night's attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. (AP Photo/Courtesy Ken Herzlich)

  • Chicago Police detectives investigate the scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • Chicago Police detectives investigate the scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • The Chicago Fire Department hoses down the scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • A Chicago Police detective collects crime scene tape from the scene where 13 people were shot, including a 3-year-old child, in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • A Chicago Police detective investigates the scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • The crime scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

  • A Chicago police officer picks through debris at the crime scene where a number of people were shot, including a 3-year-old child, in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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