Racial tensions have been thick since the election of Donald Trump on November 8th. Those individuals who resent marginalized people seem emboldened by the prospects of Trump’s leadership. The shooting death of an unarmed Black teen on the East End of Charleston, West Virginia on Monday is yet another tragic case where racism and violence resulted in the loss of Black life.
William Ronald Pulliam is a 62-year-old man who was not allowed to own a gun due to a previous domestic violence conviction, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Even with this conviction, Pulliam shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means twice in the abdomen with a .380 caliber revolved, an act he made just before going to dinner at the home of a female friend for the evening.
Police found the gun allegedly used to kill Means at the woman’s home, according to a report filed by Charleston Police Detective C.C. Lioi.