DOJ providing assistance to Oregon District Shooting victims

DAYTON — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime is providing nearly $500,000 to assist with mental health services for victims of the 2019 Oregon District Shooting.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, announced Thursday that $488,054 will go to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to help pay for four additional mental health counselors and related costs at tow mental health facilities.

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In a release, Brown said he was “glad the Department of Justice is providing the necessary mental health resources to help those impacted by the tragic Oregon District shooting in Dayton.”

“We have an obligation to help our communities recover from violent crimes, abuse and other criminal activity,” Brown said.

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The money, Brown said, will help the families and communities affected have the resources available to help their healing and recovery processes.

On August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire in the Oregon District. In the 32 seconds before police killed him, he shot dozens of people. Nine of the victims were killed by the gunfire.