This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.When a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in California, killing one and injuring three others, Lori Kaye jumped between the shooter and the rabbi. Kaye, 60, was shot at the synagogue and died at a nearby hospital. In addition to Kaye, at least three others were wounded in the shooting Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, north of San Diego. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57, had been shot in the hand when Kaye stepped between him and the gunman. The rabbi suffered what looked like defensive wounds to both of his index fingers, a doctor at the Palomar Medical Center said.
She was at the synagogue to say a prayer for her motherRoneet Lev, a member of the congregation and Kaye’s friend of 25 years, was not at the synagogue but told CNN she rushed to the hospital when she heard about the shooting. As Goldstein was being wheeled into surgery, he told her how her friend saved his life, she said. Kaye had attended services Saturday to say a Kaddish prayer for her mother, who died in November, Lev said. Kaye’s husband is a physician and rushed to the scene to perform CPR after he heard about the shooting. When he realized his wife was a victim, he fainted, Lev said. “She didn’t die a senseless death,” Lev said. “She died advertising the problem we have with anti-Semitism and to bring good to this world … If God put an angel on this planet, it would have been Lori.” Kaye, a native of San Diego, leaves behind a husband and a 22-year-old daughter, Lev said.
The injured victimsNoya Dahan, 9 Noya was at the synagogue with her two sisters and was injured by shrapnel, her father said. The girl was wounded in one leg and in the face, and was transferred to a children’s hospital. “We’re shocked, it’s a little bit scary. We’re all over the place,” Israel Dahan told CNN early Sunday. The family moved from Israel eight years ago to live in a safer community after both he and his wife were injured by rockets. “(We were) under the impression that everything is good here. Today we noticed this is not even close to be regular life,” Dahan said. A few years ago, he said, their home was sprayed with Swastikas. Now his children don’t want to live in the United States, he said. After the shooting, he said, they asked him one question. “Why we are staying here?”