A 62-year-old West Virginia man is facing murder charges in the shooting death of a teen after an alleged confrontation on the street, reports NBC News.
William Pulliam confessed to shooting James Means, 15, on Monday in Charleston, claiming he felt threatened by the unarmed teen, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, the report says.
“Mr. Pulliam expressed no remorse,” the complaint, written by a Charleston police detective, notes the television news outlet.
The incident occurred about 8:46 p.m. ET Monday, the report says. “Two friends who were with Means said they got into an argument with Pulliam after the older man allegedly bumped into Means in front of a Dollar General store. Pulliam went into the store, they said, and after he re-emerged, walked past them on the street,” NBC writes:
“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” the police detective quoted Pulliam as saying.
Federal authorities have been asked to determine if the shooting can be prosecuted as a hate crime, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said, notes the report.
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SOURCE: NBC News