CHICAGO -- Cedron Doles was a controversial rapper with reputed ties to a Black P Stone gang faction called Black Mobb who earned a following in Chicago's drill music scene by taunting gang rivals, some of them slain, with his lyrics.
"Whoever dead or alive, f-- the opps, b----!" Doles, who performed under the name Shootashellz, rapped in a music video posted to YouTube in April 2017 .
Entitled "Death of 150," the video talked of the Black Mobb's longstanding feud with the rival Stone faction No Limit, also known as No Limit 150.
About three months later, Doles, 21, was about to get into his car in Chicago's Auburn Gresham community when three men exited a white Nissan Altima and opened fire on that July morning. Shot multiple times about the head and body, he collapsed mortally wounded in the street.
Police recovered 43 shell casings near his body.
Doles' violent death drew little attention except from a few rap music websites, just one of 13 people shot in Chicago on that day in July 2017, one other fatally. His brazen slaying, though, appears to be typical of the gang violence plaguing Chicago -- much of it retaliatory in nature, sometimes the result of petty disputes fueled over social media between rivals from even the same gangs but different factions, authorities say.
Records recently unsealed in federal court show that two months before Doles' slaying, the FBI had joined forces with Chicago police to investigate the yearslong, back-and-forth violence between Black Mobb and No Limit.
The filing sought court permission about a year after Doles' killing to search the contents of an iPhone 7 Plus recovered from his pants pocket.
In the year and a half since, no charges have been brought in connection with Doles' slaying. The investigation remains ongoing, police said.
Meanwhile, federal authorities have brought separate indictments since last year against members of the Milwaukee Kings gang and the Goonie Boss faction of the Gangster Disciples for more than a dozen killings combined.