15-Year-Old Killed in Deadly Shooting Sparks Hate Crime Investigation

James Means was shot and killed in Charleston, West Virginia's East End.
1:17 | 11/24/16

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And from Charleston, west Virginia, an altercation on the street that ended in the death of a teenager. Tonight, the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime. ABC's linsey Davis has the story. Reporter: 15-year-old James means killed on a West Virginia street. Tonight, federal authorities are investigating his shooting death as a possible hate crime. I'm going to leave everything up to the court to take care of this man and to whatever they have to do. Reporter: On Monday night, police say 15-year-old James means had an exchange with 62-year-old William Pulliam, as Pulliam was walking home. Pulliam admits to shooting means twice in the stomach, calling it self-defense. I just shot him. I mean, I felt my life was in danger. Reporter: Pulliam told police means was with two other boys who were mocking him and says means approached him and flashed a gun. The police report made no mention of means having a gun, but police are still investigating. According to the criminal complaint, Pulliam expressed no remorse, saying, "The way I look at it that's another piece of trash off the street." He later denied saying that. Believe me, I didn't want to kill anybody, but you know, they're not going to kill me. Reporter: Pulliam faces first-degree murder charges. If found guilty, it could mean life behind bars. Byron? Linsey, thank you.

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