Anniston, AL

Teenager Fatally Shot, Another Teenager Charged

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A 15-year-old was shot and killed in Anniston Tuesday evening and a 19-year-old is charged with the murder.

According to Anniston Police Department, officers responded to a call of a person shot, at the intersection of 13th Street and Christine Avenue around 7 p.m. Once on the scene, they discovered the juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound, lying in the roadway. The 15-year-old, Taevion Fife, from Gadsden, was transported to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Hospital, where he died from his injury.

WBRC reported, " Police say during the course of their investigation, 19-year-old Nathan A. Higgins, from Oxford, was identified as the shooter. Higgins and Fife knew each other and had a brief disagreement just before the shooting, according to police. "

Higgins has been charged with murder and is being held at the Calhoun County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

The Calhoun County Journal spoke with Higgins’ mother about the incident, " Ms. Higgins stated that she had spoken to her son and believes this is a case of self-defense. According to Ms. Higgins the victim and suspect, who have been friends since they were about eight years old, met at her son’s apartment to conduct a firearm sale. Nathan Higgins was selling a semiauto handgun and the victim was there to make the purchase on behalf of another person. Taevion requested to test-fire the weapon to ensure that it works, and Nathan handed him the weapon. Ms. Higgins then said that is when the victim advised he was not going to be paying for the firearm, so Nathan reached for it and Taevion fired a round. Nathan also had a second handgun and utilized it to fire back at Taevion striking him. "

Ms. Higgins further stated, " that the firearms were “legal”, and her son believed this was just a simple sale of the property and that her son was a good person and would never intentionally set out to hurt anyone. “He has a full-time job, his own apartment, and two children, a one-month-old child and one year old, that he loves very much.” Ms. Higgins also said that Nathan has not gotten into any serious trouble in the past and can’t believe this happened.

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