Rabbi Had Phone on Him Because of Recent Training

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers had been advised to do so in August
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 29, 2018 7:31 AM CDT
Rabbi Who Called 911 Had Phone Because of Training
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Tree of Life stands at the podium in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum during a community gathering held in the aftermath of Saturday's deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A rabbi who helped alert authorities to the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people says it was because of recent security training that he had a cellphone on him and was able to make the call. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh said Monday on ABC's Good Morning America that he hadn't always carried a cellphone on the Sabbath.

But he says a security expert had told him in August that he was living in a new era and needed to carry it. Myers says that he spent 20 minutes on the phone with authorities and that it "felt like an eternity." Shooting suspect Robert Gregory Bowers is due in federal court Monday. US Attorney Scott Brady says federal prosecutors intend to pursue the death penalty, reports the AP. (A Jewish group has demanded President Trump make a move.)

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