Rapper Pappy

Thinning of the herd by the herd.

Via Chicago Tribune

A week ago, rapper Shaquon Thomas posted a video making fun of a rival gang while pretending to hold a gun in his hands.

“You don’t even know how to shoot,” Thomas rapped in the video, titled “Shooters.”

Early Friday, the 20-year-old Thomas was gunned down about a block from where he recorded that video on the streets of Uptown. It’s an area where three street gangs — the Conservative Vice Lords, the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones — have been locked in a long-running feud. Thomas was a Gangster Disciple, according to police.

Around 1:35 a.m. Friday, he was with a friend in the 4800 block of North Kenmore Avenue when a gunman walked up and started shooting, authorities said. Thomas was hit twice in the back and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m.

It was at least the third time someone had tried to kill Thomas in the last year and a half, according to police. The other two times, innocent bystanders died.

• In February 2014, a masked gunman opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant at Pratt Boulevard and Clark Street. Markeyo Carr, 17, who had grabbed a few bucks from his mother before heading to the McDonald’s, was shot in the head and collapsed in the driveway. Thomas and two other teens were wounded.

• In July, a man fired shots in the 1300 block of West Devon Avenue and hit Wil Lewis in the back and the head as he waited for a bus. The 28-year-old was about to start a new job as a photographer. He was killed less than a mile from his home.

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