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Youngest Poway Synagogue Shooting Victim Discharged From Hospital

A group of Poway residents bring flowers and cards to a memorial outside of the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, Calif. A man opened fire Saturday inside the synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of a major Jewish holiday.
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A group of Poway residents bring flowers and cards to a memorial outside of the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, Calif. A man opened fire Saturday inside the synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of a major Jewish holiday.

The youngest victim of the shooting at Chabad of Poway Saturday has been released from the hospital while the two other victims were still recuperating Sunday but are expected to be released soon, hospital officials said.

Noya Dahan, 8, was released from Rady Children’s Hospital sometime Saturday, hospital spokesman Carlos Delgado said.

Immediately following the shooting, Dahan, along with the other victims, was taken to Palomar Medical Center. She sustained shrapnel wounds to her face and leg and was transferred to Rady Children’s for observation, Palomar trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Katz said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.

Dahan was still at Rady Children’s around 9 p.m., according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s press release.

The two other victims, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, and Almog Peretz, 34, were still recuperating and have not been discharged as of Sunday morning, Palomar spokesman Derryl Acosta said.

Both are expected to be released by noon Sunday, he said.

Peretz sustained gunshot wounds to his leg.

In a phone interview with NBC's "Today" show Sunday morning, Goldstein said he walked into the synagogue banquet hall, heard a loud noise, turned around and came "face-to-face with this murderer, this terrorist."

He put his hands up to protect himself and was shot. Goldstein said he lost a finger.

"With the loss of my index finger it's going to be a scar for the rest of my life," Goldstein said. "To remind us of literally how vulnerable we are but also how brave we need to be. Everyone needs to be a hero, everyone needs to step up and do something in the face of terror."