The Metro: Rochester Hills mayor shares mental health resources for splash pad shooting victims

Barnett joined The Metro this week to share his feelings about the tragic incident and how the community is being supported in the aftermath.


As the metro Detroit area continues to cope after Saturday’s mass shooting at a Rochester Hills splash pad, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett says his primary focus is supporting the recovery of the victims.

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Barnett joined The Metro this week to share his feelings about the tragic incident and how the community is being supported in the aftermath. He also recalled how he felt when he got to the scene after the shooting occurred.

“The second I walked up and looked at the splash pad, I just started crying, I couldn’t help myself,” Barnett said. “It’s, you know, who would do this, and then and then there’s, to be very honest with you, there’s a sense of hope and encouragement because you see how people come together, you see first responders that just miraculously understand and can do their jobs.”

Oakland County and Oakland Community Health Network are offering counseling services and other mental health resources through the week for the victims, their families and anyone who was present during the shooting. No appointment needed.

“Our city is strong,” Barnett said. “Our community will not let this incident define us. But I’m confident that our response will define us. And that’s what I’m focused on.”

The shooting occurred just three years after the mass shooting at Oxford High School, located approximately 15 miles north of Rochester Hills in Oakland County. There have been more than 225 mass shootings in the U.S. this year alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive

For more information about the mental health services available through OCHN, visit

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