I live close by and am always driving by 79th & Ashland. Damn.
The Gangster Disciples also occupy a large chunk of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. That neighborhood falls within the Gresham police district, which leads the city with 33 homicides through Sept. 21. Part of the reason is a conflict, police say, between two GD factions that do battle along a roughly 10-block stretch of the 79th Street corridor.
Ashland Avenue serves as a dividing line between two factions, with Killa Ward to the west and G-Ville to the east. According to city crime statistics, 14 shootings, six fatal, have occurred this year within police Beat 612, where G-Ville lies. Killa Ward falls in Beat 611, which has had 13 shootings and four homicides, the statistics show.