WTS Paradigm CEO Speaks Publicly for First Time Since Shooting

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By: 
Cameron Bren

MADISON–WTS Paradigm CEO Nate Herbst spoke publicly for the first time since an employee opened fire on his coworkers on Sept. 19, at a press conference at the State Capitol on the morning of Sept. 25.

“It will take time for our WTS family to fully recover and heal, but we are thankful to have the support of each other and the community as a whole,” Herbst said. “We will find the strength to recover and move forward.”

Herbst acknowledged the three victims who were injured in the shooting. 

“Our thoughts are with our three employees injured last week,” Herbst said. “They continue the recovery process. The good news is two are recovering at home and the third, while recovering in the hospital, is doing well and this is great news.”

He said the company is committed to keeping employees healthy and whole. “We are supporting our employees and providing important support services to them. Our employees are doing as well as could be expected in this situation.”

Herbst said WTS Paradigm will have grief counselors available on site and are allowing employees to return to work at their own schedule and pace.

He noted that support from the community has been tremendous.

“I cannot tell you how many people have reached out to myself and our employees to express support,” Herbst said. “Please know it means the world to us. It's an incredible sense of comfort during this tough time.”

Herbst also gave credit to first responders who he says saved the lives of his employees. “We can't thank law enforcement enough for their quick and brave response,” Herbst said. “This group of first responders ran into danger and saved many lives last week.

He then asked that privacy be afforded to employees as they continue to, “bounce back.”

When asked if he was present during the shooting Herbst said he was there at the time, but the day was about healing and not his personal story. 

Herbst had little to say about employee Anthony Tong who opened fire on his coworkers. 

“My Involvement with Anthony was just seeing him once or twice here and there and saying good morning, he's just a quiet person,” Herbst said. 

Herbst said all employees go through a background check and that Tong had been cleared. He said he was not aware of the former mental health incident of Tong.

WTS has made no decision at this point to pursue prevention or mitigation like active shooter training, Herbst said. 

“Today is about these employees and healing, we have not determined what next steps were taking across the board,” he concluded.

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