Assistance center opens at Cal Expo for those affected by downtown Sacramento mass shootings – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — On Monday, a family support center opened at Cal Expo, offering help to anyone affected by Sunday’s deadly shooting in downtown Sacramento.

Support ranges from helping with funeral arrangements to processing police information and access to ongoing trauma counselling.

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It’s a resource a survivor calls imperative.

“Every time I hear about another mass shooting I drop to my knees and get really upset,” Lisa Fine said. “It’s so sad that this happens over and over again, and it just shouldn’t be happening in our country.”

Lisa knows what it’s like to be at the center of a mass shooting. She survived the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and injured over five hundred.

His advice to witnesses and survivors of Sunday’s shooting: Get help right away.

“Because the trauma doesn’t stop after a day or two,” Lisa said. “It lasts a lifetime.”

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The Sacramento Family Assistance Center provides this help.

“Sometimes trauma sneaks up on people. They don’t realize what’s going on,” said Nina Acosta, Victim Witness Program manager in Sacramento County. “They can start having nightmares and things like that. So we’re here to support that.

To protect privacy, only those affected by the shooting are allowed inside. Acosta says those who walked through the doors include victims, family members and witnesses to Sunday’s shooting.

“We’re immediately connecting people with counseling to try to resolve some of these things because a lot of people are still in shock right now,” she said.

Five years after surviving the Las Vegas shooting, Lisa admits she still has more questions than answers.

“When is enough enough? ” she says. “When are we going to have solutions to these mass shootings?

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The family support center is expected to remain open until Friday.


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