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Synagogue shooting victims' family moved to San Diego to escape violence

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-31 19:00:21-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - The father of the 8-year-old girl injured during the synagogue shooting says she and the entire family are struggling in the aftermath.

Rocket attacks were part of the life Israel Dahan, who lived in the Israeli city of Sderot, a half-mile away from the Gaza Strip.

"My home was attacked once. My car attacked once. My wife's house was attacked three times. My mom's house was attacked once," said Dahan.

During those attacks, he and three of his family were injured.

"In my hand, shrapnel. In my foot, glass," said Dahan.

In 2011, Dahan, his wife, and two daughters, both under the age of 2, moved from Israel to San Diego.

"Kind of tire of situation. Could see no end to it ... I had big hope quiet here and safer here," said Dahan.

They would only get that peace and quiet for a few years.

During Passover in 2015, Dahan invited 10News into his Mira Mesa home after a vandal painted swastikas on the outside of the house, as well as cutting power to the home and vandalizing his truck.

"When it happened, I was shocked. I did get a big effect from it," said Dahan.

Some five months later, Dahan moved out and into a home in Poway.

Four years later, his hope of peace was shattered by bullets in the synagogue.

His brother-in-law was struck in the leg while trying to protect children. The shooting of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was witnessed by his daughter Noya, who was hit by shrapnel in her face and leg.

"Makes me feel bad like any father. If I am suffering, I can't imagine if they're suffering as well ... Nightmares, yes. There is nightmare. They are sleeping with us," said Dahan.

Dahan says it's too soon to know the long-term impact of the shooting. He says his family is shaken, but he's hoping to stay in Poway, and with his synagogue. The family says they're hoping detectives will also take a second look at the 2015 case, which was never solved.