THE gunman who killed eleven worshippers during the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre while shouting “All Jews must die” was treated for his own injuries by Jewish doctors.
Robert Bowers underwent surgery at the Allegheny General Hospital where Jewish doctors and nurses took care of him “without judgement”.
It was reported that the gunman was still screaming “I want to kill all the Jews” as he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital following Saturday morning mass murder.
The 46-year-old attacker burst into the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill before opening fire in what has been described as the worst anti-Semitic attack in the US in recent history.
Speaking in a series of television interviews, hospital president Dr Seth Cohen described the care he and his staff bestowed on Bowers despite his hate-filled rants.
Dr Cohen, a member of the attacked congregation himself, had not attended services that morning but was present at the hospital when the gunman was brought in.
He said it was ironic that the assailant was treated by the very group of people he chose to attack, but claimed Bowers’ actions were not for him to judge.
Dr Cohen spoke with the attacker after he received care for a gunshot wound, claiming he seemed “confused” during the interaction and did not appear to be “very bright”.
Speaking to CNN, he said he went to check on the shooter to try to “understand why did he do this”.
After introducing himself as the hospital’s president, he left the attacker with armed police who were guarding him.
Dr Cohen said: “The FBI agent in charge looked at me and says I don’t know how you did that because I’m not sure I could have.”
In a later interview with Channel 4, the doctor said: “My job isn’t to judge him; my job is to care for him.”
He described the team of Jewish doctors and nurses who treated Bowers as “heroes” who “did their jobs”, and were “true to their core beliefs”.
A courtroom sketch of Bowers as he appeared in a wheelchair at federal court in Pittsburgh[/caption]
Police tape and memorial flowers surround the synagogue where eleven people were killed[/caption]
News of the attacker’s treatment comes just a day after details of his victims emerged.
The oldest victim was named as 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, who died after being shot in the arm.
Rose died alongside married couple Sylvan Simon, 86 and Bernice, 84, and brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, aged 59 and 54.
Other victims include 75-year-old Joyce Fienberg, 69-year-old Irving Younger and 65-year-old Richard Gottfried.
Another victim Melvin Wax, 88, was a retired accountant and was known for always being one of the first to arrive at synagogue and among the last to leave.
Fellow victim Jerry Rabinowitz, a 66-year-old physician, was described as a “truly trusted confidant and healer”.
The first victim to be named was 71-year-old grandfather Daniel Stein, who described as a guy “everyone liked”.
People arrive to pay their respects in front of a memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue[/caption]
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Attacker Robert Bowers will be eligible for the death penalty when he goes to trial.
US President Donald Trump said lawmakers “should very much bring the death penalty into vogue” and people who kill in places such as synagogues and churches “really should suffer the ultimate price.”
He told reporters that people like Bowers should not sit on death row “for years” waiting to be executed.
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