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Mississippi native accused of killing pregnant woman captured

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A Mississippi native, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured on Friday in Fayetteville, NC. She was wanted for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child in Milwaukee.

24-year-old Shanika S. Minor, who was born in Mississippi, is wanted for the March murder of her mother’s neighbor, a 23-year-old woman who was 5 days away from her due date. The shooting stemmed from an argument over loud music being played from the victim’s home.

“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, Minor got into an argument with her mother’s neighbor after Minor’s mother told her the neighbor was playing loud music at an unreasonable hour.

On the sidewalk outside the victim’s home, Minor displayed a handgun and tried to start a fight with the neighbor, who was apparently her former high school classmate. Minor’s mother ran to the scene to stop her daughter from hurting the pregnant 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 next morning, Minor returned to the neighborhood, gained access to the duplex her mother and the neighbor rented, and confronted the woman at the back door of her home.

Minor’s mother positioning herself between her daughter and the neighbor, trying to keep the peace. Witnesses said Minor reached over her mother’s shoulder and fired her gun, shooting the woman in the chest. The victim went back inside her home, where she died in front of her two children.

The unborn child also died.

That's when Minor fled the scene.

According to the FBI, she was born in Mississippi and has family in the Mississippi Delta.

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