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How a 24-year-old became the 10th woman ever to be added to the FBI's Most Wanted list.

The FBI’s top 10 Most Wanted list is reserved for the most violent, high-risk criminals who are still nowhere to be found. It’s not typically the kind of list a young 24-year-old newspaper delivery woman ends up on.

But she has – and she’s only the tenth woman ever to have been added.

Shanika S. Minor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the US has been described by the FBI as being “armed and extremely dangerous”. She is wanted over the murder of a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Shanika's victim, 23-year-old Tamecca Perry. Image via Facebook.

The victim was Tamecca Perry. She was Shanika’s former high school classmate and her mother’s neighbour. She was just five days away from her due date.

On the night of her murder, Shanika allegedly started an argument with Tamecca after Shanika’s mother had complained to her that she played her music at unreasonable times.

She was allegedly waving a handgun from the footpath outside her apartment and challenging her to a fight.

Shanika’s mother intervened and after firing her gun into the air, she drove away.

It didn’t end there. Shanika returned to Tamecca’s home at 3am and her mother was not able to stop her.

FBI's Most Wanted list
'Shanika has not been seen since and has reportedly told people that she will not be turning herself in.' Image via FBI.

Witnesses say they saw Shanika reach over her mother’s shoulder and shoot Tamecca in the chest. She fell back into her apartment and died in from of her two children.

Shanika has not been seen since and has reportedly told people that she will not be turning herself in.

“The murder weapon was not recovered, and it is likely she is still armed,” Special Agent Chad Piontek said.

The FBI reports Shanika may have contacts in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia.

Back in her hometown of Milwaukee, she worked delivering newspapers, but the FBI believes she doesn’t currently have “any reliable employment”.

"I don’t think she has a lot of resources on her own. Clearly, people have assisted her,”.

Image via FBI.

To those that might be helping Minor, Piontek stressed they are committing a crime as well.

But more than that they are also putting themselves in danger because she “killed someone who was not a stranger to her—a family acquaintance”.

The FBI is offering a reward of $134,239 for information that leads to her arrest.

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