Shaneeka Thompson was shot in the stomach by ex boyfriend Ismaaiyl Brinsley before he went on to commit the atrocious murder of two policemen sitting in their patrol cars.
Doctors say the 29 year old veteran’s affairs officer is still unable to speak to officers, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Brinsley shot NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, as they were eating lunch in their patrol car. It’s emerged that the gunman had posted violent messages on Instagram suggesting what he was about to do. The 28 year old posted online, “I’m putting wings on pigs today” and “They Take 1 Of Ours… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice”. He is said to have then told passersby to ‘watch what I’m going to do’, before shooting the officers.
It is thought that he carried out the attacks as a way of revenging the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, who were both killed earlier this year after an encounter with Police. The family of Eric Garner have since distanced themselves from the act, urging their supporters not to commit crimes in the name of seeking justice for their son.
The killing began on Saturday when Brinsley shot Ms Thompson. He went on the run after committing the crime before shooting the officers 200 miles away. He then walked into a crowded subway, where he shot himself.
The incident has led New York City police department to have ban officers from patrolling in their cars for fear of copycat attacks.