White man shoots dead unarmed black teen after bumping into him, calls him ‘trash off the street’

BY EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A white man accused of shooting dead a black 15-year-old after they bumped into each other coming out of a store allegedly told police the teenager was just ‘another piece of trash’.

William Ronald Pulliam, 62, allegedly shot James Means twice in the abdomen outside a general store in Charleston, West Virginia on Monday night.

Police said Pulliam showed no remorse after his arrest and allegedly said: ‘The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.’

James Means, 15, was shot dead allegedly by William Ronald Pulliam, 62, on a street near a general store in Charleston, West Virginia on Monday night

Pulliam has been charged with first degree murder but police said he showed no remorse and allegedly said: 'The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street'

Witnesses say the pair exchanged words outside the store at the corner of Washington and Nancy streets at about 8.45pm when they accidentally bumped into each other.

When Pulliam came out of the store a short time later, they exchanged words again on the street.

Police said Pulliam used a .380 caliber revolver to fatally shoot the teenager and he later died at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital.

Pulliam admitted to shooting Means but told police he felt threatened by him, according to a criminal complaint.

He allegedly left Means to die and went home to eat dinner before hanging out at a female friend’s house.

Due to a prior domestic violence conviction in 2013, Pulliam was not supposed to have a gun, the West Virginia Gazette reports.

Pulliam was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first degree murder.

During his arraignment via video from South Central Regional Jail, Pulliam was shocked to learn he would have to remain in jail.

‘I’m going to be in here til December?’ he asked the judge. ‘I’m going to lose my job and everything.’

During his arraignment via video from South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday (pictured), Pulliam was shocked to learn he would have to remain in jail

Police said Pulliam used a .380 caliber revolver to fatally shoot Means   Means, pictured, later died at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital

The FBI is looking at whether the shooting meets the criteria to be considered a hate crime given their races.

‘My son is in a safer place now, and we all love him,’ the boy’s mother Nafia Adkins told WSAZ.

‘We know that justice is going to succeed in this matter. We are not going to put it in our hands. We are going to let the law put it in their hands.’

Pulliam is being held without bond.

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