The FBI said Friday that a Wisconsin woman charged with killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child and was on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, Shanika Minor, has been captured. She was taken into custody July 1, 2016, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Minor was 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 had not been seen since. She previously reportedly told acquaintances that she was not going to turn herself in. Authorities said at the time that Minor may have contact with people in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia and that she could be receiving help from extended family or a “network of friends.”