PITTSBURGH -- The Tree of Life's spiritual leader, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, is being hailed as a hero for saving many of his synagogue congregants during. Myers had just begun his sermon when a gunman began shooting, eventually killing 11 people.
"CBS This Morning" co-host Bianna Golodryga asked Myers how he's coping with the trauma. He responded, "Badly."
"I could only save some. The people in the back of the sanctuary I could not save," Myers said.
For the families who he couldn't help, he said, he carries the regret with him. "And I will the rest of my life. That I could have done more, and that I was not able to do that, and that's my burden to carry," Myers said.
Federal prosecutors say they want to pursue the death penalty against the suspected gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He faces at least 29 federal charges including hate crimes.
"Can the shooter be forgiven?" Golodryga asked.
"Wow. Big question. I just don't know. The wounds are too open to answer that. I have to really think about that. Can you really forgive everybody for all evil is one of those big theological questions and right now I can't answer it," Myers said.