A verbal altercation between 15-year-old James Means and 62-year-old William Ronald Pulliam, lead to the teenager being shot to death in West Virginia.
According to police, the incident began outside of a Dollar General store on Washington Street East, when the two individuals exchanged words.
After the initial argument, Pulliam went into the general store and Means went over to meet his friends, who were hanging out on the porch of a house belonging to a friend’s grandmother.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Pulliam left the store and walked past the house where Means and his friends were gathered. The teenager and the older man once again argued, and then Means left the porch to approach the man. At this point, Pulliam pulled out a gun and shot Means twice. The teen was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.
The criminal complaint against Pulliam said he seemed to show no remorse for the shooting. He allegedly said to the police, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.”
The perpetrator reportedly ate dinner and visited a friend’s house after the shooting; all while the teenager laid dying at the hospital from gun shots wounds to his abdomen.
Pulliam is currently charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Means.