Pittsburgh shooting: Jewish medics helped to save synagogue gunman's life

Robert Bowers was shouting about 'killing Jewish people' while being treated by the doctors

Tuesday 30 October 2018 12:55
People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh
People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Jewish doctors and medical staff helped to save the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter’s life, it has been revealed.

Eleven people were killed and six others wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Jewish neighbourhood of Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

Authorities made clear they believed the attack was motivated by religious hatred and 46-year-old Robert Bowers has been charged in connection with the incident.

After exchanging gunfire with police, an injured Mr Bowers surrendered and was taken to hospital.

Staff at Allegheny General Hospital said he was shouting insults about Jewish people while members of staff who follow the faith were treating him.

"He's taken into my hospital and he's shouting, 'I want to kill all the Jews!' and the first three people who are taking care of him are Jewish," Dr Jeffrey Cohen, president of the hospital, told ABC.

Dr Cohen, who is also Jewish and a member of Tree of Life synagogue, said he went to visit Mr Bowers in his room.

"I just asked how he was doing, was he in pain, and he said no, he was fine," Dr Cohen said. "He asked who I was, and I said, 'I'm Dr Cohen, the president of the hospital,' and I turned around and left."

As he left the room Dr Cohen was approached by the FBI agent who was guarding Mr Bowers.

He told Dr Cohen that he did not believe he would ever have been able to do that.

"I said, 'If you were in my shoes I'm sure you could have,'” Dr Cohen replied.

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