NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to answer a question Friday about going to the gym hours after a firefighter was shot by a man who later barricaded himself inside a home on Staten Island.
De Blasio’s press secretary, Karen Hinton, said the mayor was at the gym for at least 80 minutes during the standoff, which started at around 6 a.m.
De Blasio arrived at his Park Slope gym at 9 a.m. and stayed until 10:40 a.m., according to Hinton.
The mayor spoke with Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton “several times by phone on shooting early morning & at gym,” Hinton Tweeted.
De Blasio arrived at Richmond University Medical Center to visit Lt. James Hayes, who had been shot twice but whose injuries are not life threatening, at around noon.
Asked at an afternoon news conference about the matter, de Blasio was terse.
“Mayor, there’s reports you were at the gym during this entire process, can you give any sort of –” a reporter said.
“We’re briefing you all on a very serious situation, and that’s just not a serious question,” de Blasio said.