The FBI has added a Wisconsin woman charged with killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to her capture.
Shanika S. Minor is wanted by the agency for the March 2016 murder of her mother’s neighbor in Milwaukee. The 23-year-old victim was five days away from her due date. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from an argument over loud music being played from the victim’s residence.
“Apparently Minor believed that the victim had somehow disrespected her or her mother,” said Special Agent Chad Piontek, who is investigating the case from the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office. “It is a fairly violent neighborhood. Unfortunately, there is sometimes a street mentality about solving problems.”
According to witnesses on March 5, 2016, Minor instigated an argument with her mother’s neighbor after Minor’s mother had said previously that the neighbor was playing loud music at an unreasonable hour.
According to a release from the FBI, on the sidewalk outside the victim’s residence, Minor brandished a handgun and challenged the neighbor (her former high school classmate) to fight. Minor’s mother ran to the scene and implored her daughter not to hurt the woman.
Minor fired a round from her gun into the air, got in her car and left the scene.
“Most people who witnessed the incident thought that was the end of it,” Piontek said.
Shortly before 3 a.m. the following day, Minor went back to the neighborhood, gained access to the duplex her mother and the neighbor rented and confronted the neighbor again near the rear door of her residence.
Minor’s mother ran to the scene again, this time placing herself between Minor and the neighbor, trying to keep the peace. Witnesses said Minor reached over her mother’s shoulder and fired her gun, striking the neighbor in the chest. The victim retreated into her residence, where she and her unborn child died in front of her two children.
Minor, 24, fled and has not been seen since. She has reportedly told acquaintances that she would not turn herself in. Minor may have contact with people in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia.
Other than delivering newspapers, “there is no record she had any reliable employment,” Piontek said. “I don’t think she has a lot of resources on her own. Clearly, people have assisted her.”
Minor might be receiving help from extended family members or a “network of friends,” Piontek said, adding that “such help is criminal and individuals could be charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive.”
There is also a physical risk to anyone helping Minor.
“The murder weapon was not recovered and it is likely she is still armed,” Piontek said. “She killed someone who was not a stranger to her—a family acquaintance.” He added that the reward offer could motivate someone to come forward. “Our hope is that whoever is assisting her will find the potential reward more attractive than protecting a person wanted for first-degree murder.”
Minor is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, having a medium build and weighs 165 lbs. She has black hair and brown eyes. She should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
“This was a senseless crime,” Piontek said, “And we believe Minor is capable of more violence. We need to capture her so that no one else is harmed.”
Anyone with information concerning Minor should contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency or submit a tip online. The FBI’s Milwaukee Division can be reached by phone at 414-276-4684.