Racism: Just Look at what this White Man who Killed a Black 15-year-old Boy Had to Say
A remorseless white man accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager to death in Charleston, West Virginia, after they bumped into each other Monday evening confessed and called his victim a “piece of trash,” police said.
William Pulliam, 62, was jailed on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of 15-year-old James Means, whose aunt said was a loving teen who “could put a smile on anybody’s face.” Police said Pulliam “expressed no remorse.”
“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” Pulliam told investigators, according to a criminal complaint filed by Charleston Detective C.C. Lioi.
James bumped into Pulliam outside a dollar store and the two “exchanged words,” according to the complaint. Pulliam then walked into the store, and James went to sit on a friend’s nearby porch.
Clayton Ferguson, who was on the porch with James, told police that Pulliam later came out of the store and walked past them. Pulliam and James began arguing again, Ferguson told detectives, and when James walked across the street to confront him, Pulliam drew a gun and shot the teen twice.
James was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Pulliam acknowledged shooting the boy and said he did it “because he felt threatened,” according to the complaint.
Pulliam told detectives he ate dinner after the shooting, and then went to a friend’s house, where police found a .380-caliber revolver ― the type of gun Pulliam said he used in the shooting.