The first of four community forums hosted by Mercer County and state officials to help the local community cope after the mass shooting at Trenton’s Art All Night will be tonight.

The “Hope and Healing” sessions at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium in Trenton will offer information about stress reactions related to violence and teach ways to cope and provide resources for those impacted by the shooting, which left 22 people injured and a gunman dead.

Monday’s event will have two sessions, one from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the second from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Two sessions will also be offered at the same times on Thursday.

“Following a violent event, it is important to remember that no reactions are wrong or right, and that most responses are just normal ways of reacting to a powerful situation,” Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said in a statement. “One of the most helpful things to do following a violent event is to connect with others, and talk about feelings of sadness, anger and other emotions.”

It is encouraged that people RSVP via email at or by phone at 609-281-7218. Those who do not RSVP, however, will not be turned away from the event.

WBCB’s Evan Easterling contributed to this report.