Bowers, 46, was shot several times and was taken to the hospital. He’s also accused of shooting four police officers before surrendering on Oct. 27.
“He was taken to my hospital and he’s shouting, ‘I want to kill all the Jews’,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, who is the head of Allegheny General Hospital and also a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue, according to Fox News. “The first three people who took care of him were Jewish.”
He said another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, also “came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman.”
“We are here to take care of sick people. We’re not here to judge you. We’re not here to ask ‘Do you have insurance or do you not have insurance?’ We’re here to take care of people who need our help,” he added.
Cohen said he had a brief conversation with Bowers. “When I stopped in, I asked him how he was doing. Was he in pain? And he said, ‘No. He was fine,’” Cohen told the network.
Bowers was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 29, and was taken to a federal courthouse.
He faces 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder, 11 counts of obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, attempted homicide, and aggravated assault, NBC News reported. Prosecutors have said they are seeking the death penalty in the case.
President Donald Trump will head to Pittsburgh on Oct. 30, press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries,” wrote Trump on Twitter after the attack. “This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”
Before the Shooting
Bowers made anti-Semitic posts on a social media platform and claimed that Jews were “the enemy of white people.”
He appears to have been active on social media website Gab, which is popular with people who have been banned or censored from other social media sites. Bowers’ Gab profile said, “Jews are the children of Satan.”
Less than an hour before the shooting, Bowers posted on the website: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
He also made anti-Trump posts. In one, he described Trump as a “globalist” and said that Trump was not “winning.” In a comment on another, he said: “For the record, I did not vote for him.”