(CBS) — Gunfire killed two women, a grandmother and mother, and left an 11-month old boy wounded near 53rd Aberdeen in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports it’s yet more Chicago violence, prompting the question: is it domestic terrorism?
Audrey and Harold live within walking distance of where the five people were shot. Long before that they lived in fear.
“Here I am in my neighborhood scared to come in and out of my house, scared to walk to the park because I don’t know when gunshots are going to erupt,” she said.
Audrey doesn’t even want her grandchildren to visit.
“They don’t even come over in this neighborhood,” she said. “It’s too dangerous.”
Increasingly, some Chicagoans are giving the violence putting Audrey and Harold and many others on guard a name.
Tribune columnist Dawn Turner wrote, “Make no mistake. What’s happening on Chicago’s streets is domestic terrorism.”
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin agrees.
“There is no difference between an individual who joins with Al Qaeda or ISIS who’s intent on the destruction of America and our way of life and individual whose intent on controlling his or her corner to ply their drug trade,” Boykin said.
Webster’s dictionary calls terrorism: “…the use of intimidation to attain one’s goals or to advance one’s cause.”
The FBI’s definition of domestic terrorism: “to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion…”
Audrey and Harold call the violence simply “street crime.”
Whatever the label, they believe it’s made it difficult to sell their home, on the market now for four months.
“I have not had one person come out and look at this house since I put it up for sale,” Audrey said. “Not one person”
“It makes you feel stuck,” Harold said.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is calling on the state’s attorney’s office to prosecute gang members as domestic terrorists.