In the wake of a that left a 23-year-old Dearborn man dead Wednesday evening, a Dearborn community organization is offering its services to help those affected both directly and indirectly by the crime.
The has a crisis team in place to assist residents emotionally troubled by the shooting, according to a press release.
“Last night, we were truly saddened at this horrible news,” ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber said in the statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and community members who are dealing with the loss. ACCESS is here for all those who need help.”
The organization’s team offers both short-term intervention and long-term assistance for people affected by community traumas such as Wednesday’s shooting, according to ACCESS.
unfolded with a large crowd around. Two men were fighting on the basketball court behind Riverside West Academy at 7:30 p.m. when one of them opened fire, according to Dearborn Police. The suspect–a 35-year-old Dearborn resident–is now in police custody.
Dr. Adnan Hammad, director of ACCESS’ Community Health and Research Center, is leading the intervention team through ACCESS Community Mental Health. He said such shootings and other violent acts in the community require much different treatment than that for accidents.
“It’s a trauma, not just for the two families (of those involved),” he said. “It’s a trauma for every father. It’s a trauma for every mother. It’s a trauma for every young woman and young man.”
Residents interested in assistance may call an ACCESS hotline to speak with staff about the situation, Hammad said. The organization will also work with local political and religious leaders to help expedite the healing process. Hammad added that the key to emotional healing in such a situation is increased conversation between community members.
“We’ll take advantage of this to teach the community about conflict resolution so we can avoid incidents like this in the future,” he said.
While ACCESS can begin the response to the shooting through its wide-ranging support services, the Dearborn community has to take the next steps. And Hammad is hopeful.
“Everybody cares for each other,” he said. “This is a community that cares for itself.”
Residents who seek assistance can call the ACCESS hotline at 313-945-8138, or reach Dr. Adnan Hammad directly at 313-624-0419.