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The Owings Mills woman who was Ismaaiyl Brinsley's 1st victim is out of the hospital.

The Owings Mills woman who authorities say was the first victim of the man who later shot two New York City police officers to death this month has been released from the hospital.

Shaneka Thompson, 29, was discharged from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, a spokeswoman for the hospital said Tuesday.

Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot Thompson in the abdomen at her apartment near the Owings Mills Mall on Dec. 20. He then traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they say he shot New York City police officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, as they sat in their police cruiser.

Brinsley then shot himself in the head in a nearby subway station as police closed in, authorities say.

Authorities describe Thompson as a former girlfriend of Brinsley's. After the shootings, New York detectives came to Baltimore to see if she could provide information on Brinsley's motive for killing the officers.

Thompson's grandfather, James Delly, who lives in South Carolina, said Tuesday that Thompson was "doing fine," but declined to comment further.

Police have said that Thompson, a member of the Air Force Reserve, dated Brinsley for less than a year. She served in the 440th Medical Squadron, based at Pope Field in Fort Bragg, N.C., and has worked as a medical administrator.

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