UPDATE: Huntsville Police say teen shot at Taco Bell has died, charges upgraded

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say a 15-year-old who was shot Sunday night in Taco Bell on North Memorial Parkway has died. The victim, James Townsend, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after the shooting. He died March 23.

Huntsville Police say the charge against 19-year-old Donovan Keith Little is now upgraded to murder.

Huntsville Police responded to the restaurant Sunday night to find the teen suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say Townsend was inside the store waiting in line when Little walked up to him, pulled a gun and shot the victim before leaving. Little later turned himself in to police.


Investigators say Sunday’s shooting stemmed from an August 2015 shooting inside a home in the 2500 block of Holmes Avenue. Little was the victim of that shooting, and Townsend was charged with assault in that crime.

“So at this point it looks like it was just something Little’s been dwelling on. He happened to see the victim in the restaurant last night and just the anger took over I guess, and he pulled out a gun and started firing,” said Huntsville Police Lt. Stacy Bates.

Little is being held in the Madison County Jail.