Center to offer counseling in wake of Virginia mass shooting

A makeshift memorial rests at the edge of a police cordon in front of a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. DeWayne Craddock, a longtime city employee, opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach will be opening a community center in October to provide free mental health counseling and other services to people impacted by a mass shooting earlier this year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the "VB Strong Center" is being funded through a federal grant.

Erin Sutton is director of the city's Office of Emergency Management. She says many city workers are still on edge after the May 31 shooting. A city employee fatally shot 12 people inside a municipal building before being shot and killed by police.

Other services the center will offer include support groups, meditation and yoga classes.