The young girl was injured in Saturday's San Diego synagogue shooting to come to the United States to avoid rocket attacks in Israel, her family said Sunday.
Noya Dahan, 8, was with her family at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue when a gunman burst in, killing one woman who tried to save their rabbi.
Noya was left with a shrapnel wounds to her arm and face – some near her eye. Meanwhile, Almog Peretz, her 34-year-old uncle visiting Israel, was shot in the leg while trying to protect her, according to CNN.
"We're shocked," Noya's dad, Israel Dahan, told CNN Sunday
He revealed that his family moved from Israel several years ago after their home in Sderot had been hit by racks, injuring both him and his wife.
"We came from fire to fire," the dad said, according to The Times of Israel.
Dahan said his new home had been graffitied with a swastikas, leaving his family wary of life in the US.
"[We were] under the impression that everything is good here. Today, we noticed this is not even close to regular life, "Dahan told CNN.
His brother-in-law, Almog Peretz, was visiting Israel for the Passover and was injured while trying to help children escape the attack. 1
"At first we thought the ceiling had collapsed, but then I turned around and saw he was aiming his weapon at me.
"There were many small kids next to me."
He said he was hit while taking three of his nieces as well as a neighbor's girl to a safe hiding spot.
"As I picked up [a] girl, the terrorist aimed his weapon at me. I was injured in the leg, "he said, still returning to the synagogue to check his relatives.
" I came back because one of my nieces was stuck in the bathroom. I had to go back and bring her, "he told Channel 12, according to The Times of Israel. "
Noya's mother, Eden Dahan, called her brother" a hero. "
" Almog saved my daughters, he saved all the children. He just did not think about anything except how to save the children, "she told Israeli radio, according to Israel Hayom
Noya and Almog are both in a stable condition.