Rapper who ridiculed rival gang for not knowing 'how to shoot' is shot dead

CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Shaquon "Young Pappy" Thomas posted a video a week ago in which he made fun of a rival gang, rapping at one point, "You don't even know how to shoot."

On Friday, Thomas, 20, was shot dead about a block from where he recorded that video in the Uptown neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The newspaper said it's an area where three street gangs -- the Conservative Vice Lords, the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones -- have been feuding.

Police said Thomas as a Gangster Disciple, the Tribune reported.

At about 1:35 a.m. Friday, he was walking with a friend in the neighborhood when a gunman walked up behind and started shooting. Thomas was hit twice in the back and pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Tribune said it was at least the third time that someone had tried to kill Thomas in the past year and a half. The other two times, innocent bystanders died.