A 15-year-old boy is dead after a 62-year-old man reportedly shot him in the abdomen this week for accidentally bumping into him at a local store. The teen’s family is now seeking justice as well as donations to help with funeral expenses.
William Pulliam, a white man, has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of James Means, an unarmed black teen in Charleston, West Virginia. Means’ family says the shooting was very much racially motivated because a remorseless Pulliam allegedly told investigators that killing the 15-year-old meant “another piece of trash off the street.”
Per a criminal complaint filed by Charleston Detective C.C. Lioi, the shooting occurred Nov. 21 outside a dollar store in Charleston, West Virginia. Means bumped into Pulliam and the two “exchanged words” before going their separate ways. Pulliams crossed paths with James again when Pulliam left the store and walked past Means and friend Clayton Ferguson hanging out on another friend’s porch.