A West Virginia man who is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager on Charleston has been arrested and charged with murder.
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According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, on Monday night, William Ronald Pulliam, 62, allegedly shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means twice in the stomach with a .380-caliber revolver, a gun that he was no longer permitted to have due to a past domestic battery incident.
The incident began when the teen and Pulliam bumped each other outside of a local Dollar General. The two briefly argued and after the verbal altercation, Pulliam went into the store and the teen went to his grandmother’s house and sat on the porch with his friends. Later, Pulliam left the store and reportedly walked past James, which prompted the two to argue again. When James got up and crossed the street to confront Pulliam, the older man allegedly shot the teen twice, the Gazette-Mail noted.
Means died shortly after arriving to the hospital.
Afterwards, Pulliam went to dinner and then to a female friend’s home, the same home where police found the gun involved in the shooting. After conducting an investigation, the authorities arrested Pulliam on Monday night and he was arraigned for murder on Tuesday.
Not surprisingly, Pulliam showed absolutely no remorse for the killing.
Court docs show that when he admitted to the shooting, he coldly replied: “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.”
One of Means’ friends told the newspaper that he and Pulliam had run-ins in the past.
“One time I went over there to talk to him about it, I said, ‘You’ve got to quit picking on my little brother, that doesn’t look right,’” Teonno White, 14, said. “He said, ‘Get the [expletive] off my property.’ He said I need to go on with my nappy Latino self. He’s just a real bad guy.”
It’s unclear if Pulliam will be charged with a hate crime, although the FBI is currently looking into it. However, if found guilty on his current charges,Pulliam could face life in prison.
Stories like this one are heartbreaking—our children are not trash. They are brilliant, wonderful and their lives shouldn’t be cut short for bumping into someone on the street.