American Civic Association Shooting

Recovery Efforts: Victim Assistance Center

 
At approximately 10:32am on April 3rd, a gunman entered the American Civic Association located at 131 Front St in Binghamton wounding four and killing fourteen individuals including himself.
 
(Binghamton, NY) Following the devastating tragedy at the American Civic Association, several crime victim assistance agencies along with the Broome County Mental Health Department mobilized to assist those impacted by the horrific event. A Victim Assistance Center  has been established at the Broome County Health Department located 225 Front Street in downtown Binghamton, NY. The center is open from 9-5pm daily.  Anyone in the community who needs help such as counseling, legal assistance, etc. should call (607)778-3911 or they can go to the Victim Assistance Center at the Broome County Health Department. 
 
Further information regarding the ACA event can be found on www.cityofbinghamton.com.
 
 
Those seeking: counseling services, legal assistance, travel information, lodging, funeral directors, social assistance, should contact the Broome County victim’s assistance hotline: (607)778-3911. For those who do not speak English, translators are available. 
 
The NY State Department of Justice and US Department of Justice have established toll free and international resouce numbers for Victims Assistance. Toll free: 1-866-361-9056, International callers: 1-916-962-6285
 
The Broome County Mental Health Commissioner Arthur Johnson has provided background on the assistance put into place in the hours following the shooting by local and state agencies including: the Broome County Health Department, Broome County Emergency Services, NYS Emergency Management Office, Broome County Mental Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, Broome County Catholic Charities, the local Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Broome County Crime Victims Assistance Center.
 
Additional victim assistance information can be found on: www.cvac.us
 
Over one hundred people have been assisted at the victim assistance centers established at Catholic Charities in Binghamton and the American Red Cross in Endicott. Hundreds of local and international phone calls have been placed into the Broome County Victim’s Assistance Hotline: (607)778-3911, which will remain open until further notice. Local and state mental health professionals and social workers will continue to operate this hotline to assist those in need.
 
Resources:
 
Donations:
A fund has been established to support those affected by the shootings. Donations can be sent to:
 
The Broome County Council of Churches
3 Otseningo Street
Binghamton, NY 13903
 
Catholic Charities of Broome County
232 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
 
United Way
101 S Jensen Rd
Vestal, NY 13850
 
All donations should include "ACA victims" in the memo line.
 
 
At the Noon press briefing on April 6th, Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) announced two state grants, one $100,000 grant for the American Civic Association and another $100,000 grant for local assistance being provided to victims of this tragedy.
 
Please continue to visit the City of Binghamton website for further updates and information: www.cityofbinghamton.com. A list of those who perished in this tragic event can be found there. 
 
Media Inquiries should be directed to Andrew Block, Community Relations Director for the City of Binghamton at 607-343-3670 or awblock@cityofbinghamton.com.

 

04/03/2009 - 3:17pm