A 62-year-old white Charleston man showed no remorse after the shooting death of a 15-year-old black youth following an argument late Monday. To William Ronald Pulliam, he just took “another piece of trash off the street,” according to a criminal complaint.
Pulliam was arraigned on a murder charge Tuesday morning after allegedly shooting James Harvey Means twice in the abdomen with a .380 caliber revolver outside a Dollar General store, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Just after shooting the black teenager, Pulliam “ate dinner and went to the home of his friend,” according to the complaint.
While Pulliam was out enjoying a meal, the 15-year-old was taken to CAMC General where he was pronounced dead.
Pulliam told officers after his arrest that he shot Means “because he felt threatened.” However, according to witnesses, Means bumped into Pulliam in front of the store where the two ended up exchanging words, then Pulliam continued into the store.
A witness explained that after leaving the store, Pulliam walked past the house where Means was sitting then a verbal dispute ensued. Means then walked across the street to confront Pulliam and the 62-year-old shot him twice, according to police.
During a video arraignment before Magistrate Ward Harshbarger on Tuesday, Pulliam was told he may not be released on bond before Dec. 1st.
Pulliam asked the Magistrate, “Don’t I get to say anything?” Harshbarger advised him to speak with an attorney first.
“I’ll lose my job and everything unless I can get out of here,” Pulliam said.
“I’m going to have to go on a hunger strike,” Pulliam muttered as he was escorted out.
13-year-old James Cooper said he witnessed his friend being gunned down by Means. Another friend, Teonno White, 14, said Pulliam used to “pick on” his younger brother.
“One time I went over there to talk to him about it, I said ‘You’ve got to quit picking on my little brother, that doesn’t look right,’” White said.
“He said, ‘Get the [expletive] off my property.’ He said I need to go on with my nappy Latino self. He’s just a real bad guy,” he recalled.
White further added that he’s called the police about Pulliam before, but was just told him to avoid the man.
The firearm which is believed to have been used in the shooting was found in the home of the friend Pulliam went to dinner with while the teenager was dying.
The FBI is looking into the shooting death to determine whether its meets the criteria for investigation as a hate crime, according to local police.
Let’s see here. He stalked a child then he shot and killed him “because he felt threatened.” We’ve heard all of this before. Shades of George Zimmerman, etc. Let’s hope the judge “takes the trash off the street” and puts this violent racist behind bars.