James Means

James Means

*In Charleston, West Virginia, a 62-year-old white man fatally shot a black 15-year old following a verbal confrontation at a grocery store Monday night. After being arraigned on a first-degree murder charge and jailed Tuesday, William Pulliam, confessed to the murder of James Means, which is now being investigated as a hate crime.

“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” Pulliam said about the murder, according to a criminal complaint filed by Charleston Detective C.C. Lioi.

“I’m sorry, but I’m 62 years old. I’m not going to take a bunch of punks beating me up,” he said in a jailhouse interview. “I just shot him, I felt my life was in danger.”

But James was not armed according to police, which conflicts with Pulliam’s confession in which he insisted the teen drew a gun.

William Ronald Pulliam is charged with murder

William Ronald Pulliam is charged with murder

“The victim wasn’t armed–there was no physical altercation–there was an argument. Words were exchanged. Mr. Pulliam drew a .380 revolver and shot the victim twice and killed him,” said Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper. “In this case we’re confident a murder charge is appropriate.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that a Pulliam had been barred from legal gun ownership due to a prior domestic violence conviction.