June 28, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday the addition of Shanika S. Minor to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Minor is sought for her alleged involvement in first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Minor was born in Mississippi on November 29, 1991. Minor has family in the Mississippi Delta.
During the late hours of March 5, 2016, Minor instigated an argument with her mother’s neighbor, who resided in Milwaukee. Minor confronted the neighbor on the sidewalk next to her residence, brandishing a semi-automatic firearm and repeatedly challenging the woman to fight. Minor’s mother ran to the scene, attempting to stop her daughter from harming the woman, who was nine months pregnant. Minor allegedly fired a round from her firearm into the air before leaving the scene with several other individuals. Approximately one week prior, Minor’s mother informed her that the neighbor was playing loud music at an unreasonable hour. Minor confronted the neighbor about the music and the situation escalated, leaving Minor the impression that the neighbor was disrespecting her family.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on March 6, 2016, Minor returned to the neighbor’s residence, gained entry into the common hallway of the duplex, and met the woman by the rear door of her residence. Minor’s mother again ran to the scene, positioned herself between her daughter, and the woman and attempted to de-escalate the situation. Minor allegedly reached over her mother’s shoulder and fired a round from her firearm towards the woman, striking her in the chest. The victim retreated into her residence where she immediately collapsed and died. Her unborn child, due within a week, also died before emergency medical personnel arrived. Minor fled the scene and has not been seen since.
“This heinous act against a mother and her unborn child deserves justice,” said Donald Alway, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi. “The FBI in Mississippi will support the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office by exhausting every lead in Mississippi to ensure Ms. Minor is found and charged with the alleged crimes.”
Minor is described as an American citizen, black female, 5’6” tall, 165 pounds, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes. Minor has a tattoo on her lower abdomen, which is a display of roses. The roses are a cover-up of an earlier tattoo and not all of the petals are colored in. Some petals are shaded in red, while others are outlined in black. Minor may also uses the aliases Shanika Shontel Minor and Ida Jackson.
Minor’s occupation was newspaper delivery. She may have contact with people in Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and possibly in Georgia. Minor’s last known address was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She does not have any prior travel outside of the United States or have any contact with individuals residing internationally.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to the arrest of Shanika S. Minor. Individuals with information concerning Shanika S. Minor should take no action themselves but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency. For possible sightings outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If you or someone you know has information about this fugitive being in Mississippi, contact the FBI’s Jackson Field Office at (601) 948-5000.
Since the inception of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1950, six Mississippians have been placed on the list, and six other fugitives have been captured in Mississippi. Minor is the 509th person to be placed on the list. For more information about the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted, go to www.fbi.gov.
Public Affairs Specialist Brett Carr
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