15 year old West Virginia teen James Means was shot and killed on Monday by 62-year old man, William Pulliam after Pulliam allegedly bumped into Means outside of a Dollar General store in Charleston.
The two passed words but went about their ways. After Pulliam left out of the store, the two began to argue again and after Means crossed the street Williams shot him with a .380 caliber.
Williams is now facing murder charges and being held without bond.
In one report an officer states that Pulliam showed no remorse during his arrest. Pulliam is said to have gone home, ate dinner, and then went to visit a friend.
The detective quoted Pulliam saying, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.” However, Pulliam denied this statement in a jail interview with a local ABC station.
Because Pulliam is White and Means was Black, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said federal authorities have been asked to determine if the shooting can be prosecuted as a hate crime. Ruby says it is too soon to determine and people should not take the review itself as an indication that it is a hate crime.