Montell Purter: Fort Pierce police link 16-year-old to 2 shootings by bullets used

FORT PIERCE — A 16-year-old boy is facing an attempted murder charge after officials matched a revolver recovered earlier this month to a bloody projectile found at the scene of a March shooting, according to affidavits released Wednesday.

Montell Purter, of the 3500 block of Sloan Road in Fort Pierce, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the March 31 shooting of another 16-year-old boy. Officials matched a projectile from that case to a .38-caliber revolver recovered during the investigation of a May 6 shooting incident in the 3700 block of Avenue K in which Purter was arrested.

The .38-caliber revolver was recovered in Purter’s bedroom.

The 16-year-old boy shot in March told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigators he was riding his bike alone when he heard gunfire. He was near North 39th Street and Avenue I at the time.

He couldn’t give investigators any leads on a possible suspect, but sheriff’s officials did find a projectile with blood and hair on it at the scene.

On May 20, a sheriff’s official learned the projectile from the March shooting matched the gun recovered in the May 6 case. In the May 6 incident, Purter told deputies he shot at a woman’s house, saying “he doesn’t like her because she doesn’t treat him nice,” an affidavit states.

Purter is being charged as an adult in the May 6 case, a sheriff’s official said.

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