Shanika S. Minor, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, woman, is still at large after being charged with the March 6 killing of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. On June 28, the FBI announced that Minor was placed on the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. A $100,000 reward is being offered for her apprehension.
According to the FBI’s Special Agent Chad Piontek, Minor, 24, and her mother’s 23-year-old pregnant neighbor, Tamecca Perry, began arguing on the evening of March 5 over the seemingly minor issue of too much noise. Piontek stated that Minor’s mother was upset that Perry was playing her music too loud at an “unreasonable hour.”
A verbal argument between Minor and the Perry ensued outside of their Milwaukee duplex near 30th and Auer shortly after, which apparently turned violent.
“This was a senseless crime. We believe Minor is capable of more violence. We need to capture her so no one else is harmed.”
A witness told authorities that Minor was flashing a handgun while standing outside Perry’s home. She allegedly began challenging the neighbor to a fight, someone she had known since high school.
When Minor’s mother learned about the gun, she ran outside and pleaded with her daughter to put the gun away. Before leaving the scene, Minor fired the gun into the air. She left in a car, and although neighbors figured the argument was over, she returned at around 3 a.m. the next morning, once again brandishing the gun.
Minor’s mother spotted her daughter outside of Perry’s home again, but this time, she pinned herself between Minor and Perry, who was standing on her front porch. Minor reportedly reached over her mom’s shoulder and fired the gun, striking the victim directly in the chest. Perry, only five days away from her due date, stumbled back into her home, where she died in front of her two other children. Her unborn child also died.
Minor immediately fled the scene. Authorities indicate that she’s likely getting assistance from friends and her extended family. She has ties in numerous states, including Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. NBC News reports that Minor’s only record of employment was delivering newspapers. Piontek stated that she probably has limited means, which means she’s possibly getting assistance from others.
“Our hope is that whoever is assisting her will find the potential reward more attractive than protecting a person wanted for first-degree murder.”
Cynthia Freeman, the victim’s mother, is hoping that Minor’s addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list will bring closure. She’s hopeful that Minor will be captured quickly now that a reward is offered for her apprehension.
“I just want her caught so I can rest. I don`t sleep. I don`t eat. I really want to know the reason why she would pull a gun out and do what she did to my daughter.”
Freeman also said that she doesn’t want to see Minor hurt despite her daughter’s death. She simply wants her to turn herself in and face the consequences.
“Wherever you at Shanika, I would appreciate it if you would come. I don`t want you to get hurt. I just want you to come forward.”
The FBI cautions that anyone helping Minor may be putting their own lives at risk. Not only is Minor accused of killing someone she knew, but the murder weapon was never recovered.
According to Piontek, “The murder weapon was not recovered, and it is likely she is still armed. She killed someone who was not a stranger to her—a family acquaintance. Our hope is that whoever is assisting her will find the potential reward more attractive than protecting a person wanted for first-degree murder.”
Shanika S. Minor, a black female, stands five feet, six inches tall and weighs around 165 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should contact the FBI’s Milwaukee Division immediately at (414) 276-4684 or your local FBI office.
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