Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $6,338,718)
On May 31, 2019, the alleged perpetrator, a disgruntled city employee, fatally shot a person in a car in the Building 2 parking lot of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center and one person on the steps, before entering the building and fatally shooting 10 more people on all three floors. In addition to the 12 deceased victims, 4 others were hospitalized for their injuries, one police officer was physical injured, and another 439 employees were present at the time of the shooting.
The funding will support the Virginia DCJS by enabling them to serve victims of the May 31, 2019 shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Program funds will support necessary and ongoing trauma-informed, evidence-based healing and resiliency-related services related to crisis response, consequence management, and supplemental crime victim compensation for victims of the shooting. This award will provide counseling and other mental health-related services to victims and their families, support the Virginia Beach Strong Center (a resiliency center for victims), supplemental crime victim compensation, victim-related costs incurred by the City of Virginia Beach, training, and other services to support victims of this incident.