tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN October 29, 2018 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
>> thank you. >> a.c. 360 starts now. many broadcasts began by telling you the name of a murderer who killed 11 people in the synagogue behind me earlier this saturday morning. they may show you his pictures and repeat his name so much that it will become as well known as other mass murderers whose names you probably remember. we hope history does not remember this killer's name and we won't be saying it or showing you his photo in the hour ahead. instead we want to take a few moments on those who really matter, on the 11 people who lived good and decent lives, loved by family, friends and leave behind them broken hearts and happy memories. daniel stein was killed saturday. his son said he was a simple man. his nephew said he had a dry
sense of humor. he was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. daniel stein, we will remember. joyce fienberg was a former researcher at the university of pittsburgh, who treated her phd students like family, we're told. her late husband taught at cmu just down the road from tree of life. those who knew her said she had a huge personality who lit up the room. joyce fienberg, let us remember. richard gottfried was 65 and had a dental practice with his wife. he was jewish, she was catholic. they counseled other interfaith couples at her church about what to expect. bernice and sylvan simon were married at tree of life years ago. imagine that. devoting time to charitable work, charitable causes. they were always ready to help said a neighbor and always with a big smile.
b bernice and sylvan simon died as they lived, together. we will remember them. dr. jerry rabinowitz has treated all kinds of patients with kindness and compassion, particularly those with hiv/aids, at a time when fear of the disease was running high. one patient wrote he always shook our hands without rubber gloves. the doctor who sent us on our way feeling fwhert all respects. reports are he was shot as he rushed to help wounded congregants. his patients remember and so will we. melvin wax's sister said she always used to kid him that he should have been a rabbi. instead he was a dedicated congregant attending fridays and saturdays and would always be the first to arrive, she said, always in a good mood. always full of jokes.
melvin wax, we will remember. irving youngner helped people find a seat. a friend says he was the kind of guy who would walk down the street and say hi to everyone he saw. it served him well at one local cafe where he liked to go. no surprise, perhaps, he made himself the greeter there as well. irving youngner, we will remember. david and cecil rosenthal were called tree of life's ambassadors because they were always there. both had special needs. both were inseparable. a cantor at a nearby temple told cecil the kindest soul you would ever meet. another says his laughter was infectious and david was so kind. the two, he said, looked out for one another and in return, their community treasured them. david and cecil rosenthal, brothers in life and in death. we will remember. and last, but certainly not
least in anyone's thoughts tonight is rose mallinger. she was 97 years old and lived her whole life in this state. i visited her daughter, andrea, earlier today. she was wounded and is recovering in the hospital, surrounded by family and friends who smiled and laughed and shed tears when they talked about rose. bubby as she was known in her family. she lived for her children and her grandchildren. she was, they said, a pillar of the community, vibrant, full of life. moments ago her family gave this statement. family was everything. she knew her children, grandchild and great grandchildren better than they knew themselves. we will miss her presence and her company greatly. rose, we will remember. a writer on this program who glue up four blocks from here new many of those names. he went to bar mitzvahs at tree
of life and scout troop meetings and weddings as well. he remembers what it's like to be a kid in pittsburgh's biggest jewish community. it's hard to believe that the whole rest of the world wasn't jewish, too, when you were growing up here, wasn't happy as well. and didn't also live on tree-lined streets where everyone knew everyone else. squirrel hill is a special part of this country not just because of its jewish population. you walk three blocks from here and you'll come to the local jcc, across the street from the sixth presbyterian church, whose members swung into action after the shooting here. squirrel hill was the home to members of every major faith, medical professionals from around the world who rushed to the scene to treat the wounded or receive them at nearby hospitals. it's home just two blocks from here whose officers risked their lives to save others. mr. rogers himself, who once said at times like these, we
should look for the helpers. this literally is mr. rogers neighborhood, as the mayor said to me. squirrel hill is a neighborhood of helpers. tree of life was and is and will be a congregation of helpers. yet saturday morning in the building behind me, one armed man decided that the men and women worshipping inside were, instead, an enemy. a husband and wife, married in 1956 and still in love were his enemy. doctor who reached tout hiv patients when others looked away was his enemy. it's obvious to ask why someone would think like this, why someone would kill like this there is no answer to that question that ever truly makes sensor makes the hurt or the heartache go away. while, as we said, we won't be showing his face or showing his name, we will take a close look at what motivated him. the alleged bomber was in court
today as another of his alleged package bombs showed up, targeting cnn, this time in atlanta. the third bomb sent to cnn. what both men have in common with their shared role is antipathy to george soros, a holocaust survivor himself. he is jewish and a frequent target of the far right, including some members of congress. arizona republican suggesting that he was behind the violence in charlottesville. >> look at the background. george soros is one of those people who helps back these individuals. who is he? i think he's from hungary. i think he was jewish and i think he turned in his own people to the nazis. >> well, keeping him honest, that last bit is a lie and a slur. someone, it's unclear who, came up with the idea of building a different conspiracy theory around soros, linking him to the migrant caravan.
quote, footage in honduras, giving cash to women and children to join the caravan and storm the u.s. border at election time. soros? let's investigate the source. there's no evidence to support that insinuation. yet a day later at a rally in montana, the president seemed to pick up on it. >> one thing they stick together. they wanted that caravan. there are those who say that caravan didn't just happen. it didn't just happen. a lot of reasons that caravan, 4,000 people. >> a few days later, george soros got a pipe bomb in the mail. after calling for national unity, the president was chuckling along to calls to lock him up. >> i like the globe, too, but we have to take care of our people. we have to.
globalist globalists. >> the word globalist might not mean anything special to you. perhaps it doesn't either to the president. to white supremacists and anti-semits, the word means jew and has for many years. the president has known this, which is why they don't say things like this. it clearly meant something to the alleged synagogue shoot er, who actually attacked president trump for being, in his view, secret globalist sympathizer, on the site gab, trump is a globalist, not a nationalist. he went on to rail against jews the world enfestation. it showed an obsession with george soros, with hias and hatred for the immigrant caravan. whether the president knew what he was saying, the alleged gunman heard something that resona resonated. and this came on top of other statements from the president
regarding that caravan. >> they want to invite caravan after caravan of illegals into our country and they want to sign them up for free health care, free welfare and free education and the right to vote. what's that all about? >> that was friday. the president describing a group of people, 1,000 miles away from the nearest u.s. port of entry and several thousand miles from pittsburgh. a threat to no one. but apparently for the alleged gunman it was all too much. i can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. screw your optics. i'm going in. with the country struggling to cope, the president called for unity. he also attacked the press and
weighed in again on the caravan. we hear all the time from the president's supporters to take him seriously but not literally. maybe for rational, reasonable people who aren't anti-semitic and believe in conspiracy theories that's good advice. perhaps it's time to dial back the heat, to not call, as former attorney general eric holder d did, to kick them when they're down. it's true, there is never enough civility to go around. bernie sanders' supporter -- not filling the airwaves with heated rhetoric and conspiracy theories. the president may be able to say anything that pops into his head. what he should know is that people are listening and worse, some are acting on what they hear. jeffr jeffrey myers and the mayor of
pittsburgh, bill is peduto. thank you both for joining me. you are preparing for a memorial tomorrow. what is going through your heart and head tonight? >> it's not a day to show anger or bitterness. it's a day to celebrate the lives of two decent human beings and for gratitude that they were in our lives. and that's what this and all the funerals will be about. >> tomorrow it's brothers and everybody talks about them as being -- everybody seems to have known them. >> they were the sweetest, most wonderful people you could know. not an ounce of hate in them whatsoever. if you sit and wonder why this happens we'll not find the answers. we need to turn to what was good about them and say with
gratitude, we're so glad they were in our lives. >> mayor, how are you dealing with this as leader of the community? >> as best we can. we have priorities we want to be able to take care of. the first is to the families of the victims. we start with the funerals tomorrow, continue all the way through friday, make sure that the families have everything they need. we extend that out to those that have been wounded, trying to get them out of the hospitals by the end of this week, we take care of one another and look at the jewish community itself and look for ways to not only be able to show support but build bonds that will last long after this. and we think ahead to find goodness and use those few little rays of light to be able
to create something here in pittsbur pittsburgh. >> that will help to eradicate hate and stop bigotry on a daily basis and put it back in the basement where it belongs. >> do you have any doubt that some rhetoric that's been used over the last -- that's entered public life in a way that we haven't seen in quite a while, that that has had an impact? >> words matter. if you take a drop of dye and put it into a glass of water, it turns the color of the water. when you put words of hatred out in a place where those words had been hidden and recognized as being words that were not acceptable and you allow that to become acceptable, then you allow the next steps to occur.
the next steps where there's violence, where there's graffiti being written on walls, the next steps where somebody enters into a place that's so sacred, where people go to find sanctuary and peace with god and somebody feels that that is a way that they will express their hatred with murder. yes, words matter. >> i don't want to make you relive what happened saturday morning but how quickly did you realize something terrible was happening? >> i had never heard live gunfire in my life before. initially within the first few minutes of our service starting, i thought, as many others did, that one of our metal coat racks had fallen. within another ten seconds, the next volley came.
rapid succession. there was some gut instinct that told me this is not something good. this is semi automatic weapon fire. and i would say within 15 seconds i knew this was a serious situation. >> and you saw this person? >> never. >> never? >> i never saw the person. i made it out of the sanctuary before. i immediately told the congregation to drop on the floor, do not utter a sound and don't move. we have heavy, wooden pews, thick oak, that we thought could provide some protection. the people near the front of the sanctuary, i quickly escorted them up the stairs out through one of the back doors of the sanctuary into the labyrinth of our buildings. if you find a closet, lock yourself in and stay there until the police come get you. i turned to see about the remaining eight people in the rear of the sanctuary and what could i do?
i heard at that moment the gunfire. and i knew if i would move forward another 150 feet tha toward the rear of the sanctuary there was nothing i could do at that point because it was too dangerous of a situation. i left the sanctuary. one of those people you visited today, she survived. the other seven were slaughtered in my sanctuary and i live with that for the rest of my life because while i know i couldn't have done something i still wonder, gee, could i have done something? >> you called 911? >> the minute i got through there i called 911 and was on the phone with them 20 minutes as i sought shelter for myself. the exit i had envisioned, i knew, was not a safe exit because of the proximity of the shooter. >> as a person of faith, how does one face it? does one make sense of it?
as a person of faith, what does it -- i don't know. >> my faith mierks deep faith tells me it wasn't some divine plan of god in a control room pushing buttons saying i'm going to send a shooter into tree of life and slaughter all these people. god is the one i turn to at moments like this to say give me strength. give me inspiration to help lead my flock through this difficult time. >> mayor, i think you said something in the washington post that the president shouldn't visit while burials are still taking place. the president and his wife are planning on coming tomorrow. if you spoke to them, do you have a message to them? >> we did try to get to the message out to the white house, that our priority tomorrow is the first funeral. it will be using public resources in order to be able to have adequate public safety at the sight, to be able to use
public safety for the procession and also to be sure that we'll still be able to be at our schools and synagogues, jcc and other large institutions. having that, i do believe it would be best to put the attention on the families this week and if he were to visit, choose a different time. our focus will be on the families and out reach they'll need and the support they'll need to get through it. once we get past that, i think there's the opportunity for presidential visits. >> rabbi, as i said, i spoke with rose's family in the hospital tonight. what an extraordinary family they are. they had so many stories about her. 97 years old.
she had attended this synagogue for, i believe, 60 years, she was married for 50 years. she sounds like an incredible pillar of this community. >> she was. we had this wonderful thing part way through the service. in many faith services there's responsive readings in english. there was one that was hers, that she owned. when we get to that part of the service i would announce and look at rose and smile and she would lead. the ironic thing is that the responsive reading that she led was the prayer for peace. >> do you know how it goes? i don't want to put you on the spot. >> off the top of my head in the english, after these past few days, my mind is just a jumble. i don't think i could remember. >> prayer for peace. >> i'll remember it in the car the minute i leave. >> i'll look it up later tonight and hope everybody else does. rabbi, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> mr. mayor, thank you so much. i'm so sorry it's under these circumstances. >> we'll get through.
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>> to repeat, we're not going to utter the name of the man that police say is responsible for all that's going on around me. sadly he left us a kind of road map to the hatred he had on the social media website where he posted time and again. drew griffin has that for us tonight. >> just before authorities say he entered this synagogue to kill 11 jews, the killer posted his intentions online. i can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered, he posted. screw your optics. i'm going in. where was had an? on a social media site you most likely never heard of. gab.com has become an online
home for those who love to hate. >> you find an absolute cesspool of the most vile commentary you can find, anti-semitism, racism. there are thousands and thousands of people on there who trade in the ugliest propaganda that mankind can create. >> it's currently not operating. online statement says the company has proudly spent the last 48 hours working with the fbi and doj. until now the site has put few restrictions on its users. it does ban users who call for violence, child porn or drug trafficking but not hate speech. according to the site itds, gab's mission very simple. defend free speech and individual liberty for all people. saturday evening after the shooting, gab users were calling the shooter a hero. the alleged shooter who holds sole responsibility for his actions. when cnn tried to get more
information on the suspect's profile, gab tweeted you have our statement. deal with it. southern poverty law center said it's no surprise to anyone that the shooter's online home was gab. >> the first place we looked, actually. >> the suspect posted about the infestation of jus. he reposted calls for jews to get out or leave. he promoted a conspiracy theory that it is jews, helping to transport migrants on the migrant caravans in central america, repeatedly calling them invaders, using language common on fox news and right wing radio. hias, an organization that helps resettle refugees. hias likes to bring in invaders that kill our people on saturday morning when he wrote "i am going in," he was going in to a synagogue that hosted a hias service just a week before. drew griffin, cnn, atlanta. >> mark hetfield, ceo of the
hias is with me now. thank you for joining me. sorry it's under these circumstances. when you first heard what this person did and his obsession with your organization, were you surprised or is this common among anti-semits and these kind of people? >> both. there are websites that dedicate an awful lot of space to hias, to how much they hate what we do and how much they hate refugees. some also hate jews and some are mass car aiding as issue-oriented sites but they're hate sites. it's never ended, obviously, like this before. >> explain what your organization actually does. >> hias was started at the end of the 19th century to help jews who were fleeing from russia and
bringing them to the united states, on ellis island, helping them get past immigration authorities and get set up in a new life. we made a transformation from being an organization that helps refugees because they are jewish to one that helps refugees because we are jewish. we do it out of jewish values and a sense of history and obligation. the jewish community owes its very existence to those times america opened its doors to refugees. >> you help refugees from all over the world resettling in the united states, who have been vetted, cleared to come here and you help them adjust to daily life? >> correct. half our work is overseas, helping refugees be safe where they are, but the other half is bringing them here to the united states, including here in pittsburgh, where we work with the jewish community and family services in pittsburgh. >> when you hear the rhetoric,
invaders about the obsession about this caravan, does it make any sense to you? >> it makes no sense to me. even though we've been hearing an awful lot of this. ever since the paris attacks in november 2015 when 31 governors said their states would be off limits to syrian muslims as a result of those attacks, never mind that no syrian refugees were implicated in those attacks, that's when the hate speech really started to escalate to levels i had never seen in my career and never thought i would see in my lifetime. >> this person who has alleged to have committed these murders was basically saying that you're resettling people who are coming to the united states to kill people, to be terrorists. i mean, that's absurd. >> refugees are fleeing terror. they come here because they need sanctuary, just like people go
to synagogue to be in sanctuary. we provide people with a sanctuary from terror. to say that these people are bringing terror to this country is beyond absurd. >> does this make you fearful or make you want to stop your work? >> no. we've seen this before. not in my lifetime but there have been many times when refugees have been con flflated with the terror they're fleeing from. that's one of the reasons the jews were kept out in the 1930s. it makes it that much more important to do our work. >> every refugee group that has come to the united states for time and memorial. >> right. it goes to a fear of the other. we have to deal with that fear but it's not a rational fear. >> appreciate you. thank you very much. >> thank you, anderson. >> the president is continuing to blame the media for the violence, using the phrase enemy
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as we reported at the beginning of the program, after days of pipe bombs sent to people the president has attacked and the horror that played out over the weekend in pittsburgh, the president has continued to complain that the press is what should change its ways. the fake news media, which he again called, and i quote, the true enemy of the people. jim acosta asked sarah sanders for clarification. >> shouldn't we reserve the term "enemy" for people who are true enemies of the united states versus reporters? >> the president is calling that out. >> may i ask a follow-up, please? my -- since you mentioned that,
the president said this morning the fake news media must stop. can you state for the record which outlets that you and the president regard as the enemy of the people? >> i'm not going to walk through a list. those individuals probably know who they are. >> why wouldn't she walk through a list if the president is declaring organizations enemies of the people and she's backing that up, i don't understand why they wouldn't get specific. >> that is the question, anderson. the president is apparently still struggling this evening in terms of putting that out there. my sense of it, anderson, is that they want to lash out. that might have been part of the
reason we were brought into this briefing today. they want to get back to their midterms game plan and talk about the caravan. we do know they're deeply frustrated over how much the president took heat in this last week or so over his rhetoric and response to what happened with the pipe bombs and what happened in pittsburgh and i think we saw that in our direction today. >> when you look at who the president has verbally attacked and who this pipe bomber sent pipe bombs to or tweeted about. days later, this pipe bomber is tweeting about phil mudd. the names clearly -- it's very clear where this person got
names and ideas from, whether it's jim clapper or cnn or john brennan. the fact that the white house or that the president doesn't take a moment of reflection is still surprising to me. >> it really is, anderson. make no apologies, take no prisoners style. this president is never going to admit he shouldn't say that the press is the enemy of the people because it goes against what a political strategy for him, to demonize his opponents to point of submission. we're simply not going to do that. i talked to a top republican aide on capitol hill who said most of the folks are resigned to the fact that the president will keep on doing this. it does make you wonder what will make the president stop engaging in this rhetoric. apparently what we've seen so far for the president is not sufficient. anderson?
>> jim acosta, thank you so much. here is what former mayor bloomberg said today. >> the president's words matter more than anybody else. his job is to be a unifier, not the leader of the party but it of this country. there are consequences to words. >> cnn political analyst, david gregory author of "how is your faith: an unlikely spiritual journey." calling the quote fake news media the true enemy of the people, he clearly understands -- some people have said maybe he doesn't understand the impact or the fact that, you kn know, it hasn't dawned on him that he's president of the united states, he's not just the flashy real estate developer
anymore. but this is clearly a deliberate strategy on his part. >> we're two years into his presidency. i think he gets it at this point, he's no longer just a real estate developer, number one. number two, he is smarter than these people like to tell himself and more aware of of what he is doing and that includes his own aides sometimes, who want to be able to understand why it's not that bad that he's saying this. look, it is totally fair to take issue with coverage. every president has. no president in the u.s. is doing what he is doing, single out political enemies, lump them in with the media and after a clearly sick individual allegedly sends pipe bombs to many of those individuals and news outlet persist in talk about at least three of them and resume this enemy of the people stuff. it's fine it take issue with the media and press coverage but not talk about enemy of the people. that is the language of despites
in other countries. his words have much greater weight than anyone else's in this country just by his office. >> i think -- i don't know if it was you who tweet this had, and i don't want to misrepresent what you said but it's not as if he's a guy in a bar yelling at a tv anymore. >> i didn't say that. >> i did. >> remember, he doesn't drink. he's not an average social media poster anymore and he continues to want to be the story and the color commentator. as president is he part of the story but the rest of the story is also the country and what is taking place in the country. most other presidents, if there had been two incidents of domestic terrorism on their
watch, they would be dialing back their rhetoric. this president gave a very forceful denunciation of anti-semitism but it was a political rally and veered back into the same stuff, including criticizing maxine waters, who had received a pipe bomb. >> and continuing to want to focus on this caravan when clearly that was an issue that was foremost in the mind of the shooter here in pittsburgh. >> that's what's so concerns. if you look at the president's rhetoric, he's labeling people enemies, making it clear that there are people who are dangers to the country. he's saying to his supporters and other nationalists, since he uses that concern, national consciousness, which nationalist means, often times feeling superior to other nations around the world, saying to them time
and time again, be very worried. those brown people coming from the south are going to invade the country. this is the kind of phraseology used against jews, by the way, in nazi germany and, of course, when he talked about globalists, whether he intends to or not, he is using language that white supremacists used to describe jus. is he feed thing this paranoia. and he is doubling down, saying tonight in an interview on fox that he defends the nationalist label, that he thinks that's an appropriate thing for a president to say, to stand up for america. whether it's taking on lebron
james or other african-american athletes, the suggestion to his supporters is that your way of life is under attack from people who don't look like you. that's what we're seeing from time and time again. even under these circumstances, he won't dial it back. >> it's interesting, maggie. repeatedly the white house and also the president in the past has used the fact that ivanka trump is jewish and jared curbncur kushner is jewish as -- i don't want to say cover but made mention of that upfront, in that he's not in any way saying anything against jewish people. >> i don't know whether the president is anti-semite or not. i get that question asked a lot. i think we all do. he has said very forceful thing s and has said things that are heard as dog whistles by anti-semits.
whatever his son and daughter-in-law has to do with it it doesn't impact what he goes out and says in terms of taking away the negatives. >> there's a tendency to think about jews as monolithic in their thinking. who is better for israel? bibi netanyahu said i moved the embassy to jerusalem. i stood up against iran. to be strongly pro israel matters to jews around the world, including in america. to be someone as president, who villifies immigrants when the piebl tells us in the judeo christian tradition to love strangers as we love ourselves. that matters to jews as well. >> one of the bombs sent last week was addressed to tom steyer. over the weekend he said he
blames the president for creating the atmosphere that exists with corruption and lawlessness. the interview caught the president's attention. quote, just watched wacky tom steyer, who i never have seen in action before, being interviewed by jake tapper. he comes off as crazed and stumbling. if he is running for president, the dems will eat him alive. i spoke to him a short time ago for reaction. i want to get your reaction, for example, to the president's tweet two days after a pipe bomb was mailed to you saying you come off as a crazed and stumbling lunatic. >> anderson mierks opinion about that tweet really had nothing to do with me. it was really a revelation, i thought, of the priz not doing his duty as president. that, in fact, he was trying to make a political statement in
response to my criticism of him that morning on cnn. and his response was political. in fact, what i believe he should have been doing, what he should have been concentrating on, what his job is, is to protect the american people and explain the american people why we're in this crisis and how we're going to get out of it. he didn't pay any attention to his real job. he was too involved with himself and political machinations to do the right thing. >> do you blame the president's rhetoric, at least in part, for the massacre here in pittsburgh and the attempted bombings? >> anderson, i know there's been a lot of talk about his violet rhetoric, his calls for lock her up and cnn sucks and his divisive attitudes toward people in american society but i honestly believe it's much
broader than that. i believe this president is lawless, corrupt and criminal and i believe their disrespect for democratic norms in trying to prevent people from voting, that their behavior has ushered in an atmosphere of lawlessness and has given permission to people who feel as if there are no constraints on decency and what is acceptable behavior. >> sarah sanders mentioned the congressional baseball shooting that occurred last year, bernie sanders supporter opened fire and gravely wounded steve scalise. sarah sander didn't have a list that the presses routinely mocks but should democrats? is that example valid?
should democrats bear some responsibility for the rhetoric at large? we've heard hillary clinton talking about not being able to be civil with ricks. we've heard maxine waters and others have said. >> anderson, what happened to congressman scalise is absolutely terrible. the person who did it was 100% wrong. i can't imagine a democratic elected official doing anything but and i think that's the difference. i'm waiting for the president to come out and say that the people who are dealing in this kind of action are 100% wrong, that he doesn't want them to support him, that he is looking for fairness and equity they are try to go buy the midterm elections for democrats.
the tweet was deleted this next day. they said last week that he condemns violence or any acts of attempted violence. there are some who point out how did you view that tweet? >> it had to be considered an tweet. i think there's a reason he tok it down. he was obviously embarrassed. he was ashamed of it. he should be ashamed of it. >> i appreciate your type. thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> we'll talk to the first responders that respond today the shooting. we'll be right back. dogs and jake, our new parrot.
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medical director and mark, division chief, did i pronounce your name correctly? >> yes. >> i understand you live near by. you actually heard a commotion. >> unfortunately we are prepared to respond with our physicians and ems normally but i heard it firsthand. >> i heard yelling that was very unfamiliar and i immediately try today jump into action and call into dispatch ton the radio. next thing i knew i thought there was a safe jump. i put my boots on, went outside and saw my colleagues taking formation in all of our yards. >> and you were already there? >> yeah. i was actually on the road.
i met the supervisor son scene. we formed up a group. >> we understand he tried to join in. >> yeah. i didn't know he lived here. he wanted to come with us but he didn't have any ballistic protection. >> yeah. i work very comfortable with each other. our safety is first. the safety of our team members so i was able to establish command just down the block where our command structure staging area was and figure out where we'll put the ambulances and what's going to happen. >> what was it like at the scene? >> we have been doing a lot of training on this the last two years. i mean we formed up. i took a lot of younger paramedics. they jumped right in.
linked up with the police. >> yeah. we were the first ones in and started finding the deceased. we found a couple of live victims. they worked their way to the third floor. when s.w.a.t. came under fire and had a couple of casualties we moved in and they handed off the patients to us. we started treating and working on evacuating them. >> after he surrendered it was a little harder for some of our other guys. legally we have to provide the same standard of care as we do anybody else. >> what do you want people to know about what happened here? >> we are very strong peaceful
diverse community here. the biggest thing is when something happens we are ready to respond. we have medical professionals, paramedics that are highly trained. it is a shame we would have to use this any where in our country let alone our town or neighborhood. it seems to have really come together. >> people from across the country and calling us up and providing us support i think everyone formed a pretty tight bond around us. >> it must be decent to see so many wanting to do what they can. whether it is trauma, medical, help your civilian friend. we can only get help fast enough and something bad is going to
happen if you don't do something. start cpr, donate blood, stop the turnicate. >> thank you. the news continues. i want to hand it over to chris cuomo. cuomo prime time starts right now. >> all right. thank you. welcome to prime time. pittsburgh in 2018. i could never imagine it kwould mark the largest targeting people on american soil ever. 11 people slaughtered because they were jewish in america in this day and age. jews, blacks, media, migrants, three of these groups have been the target in the last week. all are cast as others in our current toxic politics. it is done in a way for those who feed on it. how do we sto