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Jewish doctors, nurses helped treat accused synagogue shooter

Jewish doctors, nurses helped treat accused synagogue shooter

Jewish doctors and nurses at a Pittsburgh hospital were part of the team that helped save the anti-semitic gunman accused of murdering 11 people during Shabbat services at a local synagogue.

After allegedly killing eight men, three women and wounding six other people, including four police officers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue Saturday, Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times himself before being taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

“He’s taken into my hospital and he’s shouting ‘I want to kill all the Jews,” Dr. Jeff Cohen, the hospital’s president and a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue told ABC.

“The first three people to take care of him are Jewish.”

A nurse, whose father is a rabbi also treated Bowers, Cohen said.

“We have a very simple mission at [Allegheny General Hospital] and I imagine it’s exactly the same at the other hospitals in the area: we’re here to take care sick people. We’re not here to judge you,” Cohen said.

The hospital president, who is Jewish, said he personally went to check in on Bowers and introduce himself.

“I thought it was important to at least talk to him and meet him,” Cohen explained. “You can’t on one hand say we should talk to each other, and then I don’t talk to him.”

But, he added to CNN, “Isn’t it ironic that somebody who is yelling in the ambulance and in the hospital, ‘I want to kill all the Jews,’ is taken care of by a Jewish nurse and there’s a Jewish hospital president that comes in to check on him afterwards?”

Published at Tue, 30 Oct 2018 06:27:11 +0000