It will be “nearly impossible” to trace where pastor Rick Warren’s son bought the shotgun he used to take his own life last week, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department official said.
The gun that 27-year-old Matthew Warren used to shoot himself in his Mission Viejo home on April 5 was unregistered, had its serial numbers scratched off and was purchased online, said department spokesman Jim Amormino. A source close to the investigation confirmed it was a shotgun.
“It’s going to be nearly impossible to trace where he bought the weapon or who owned it previously,” Amormino told The Times.
Rick Warren said on Twitter Thursday that he forgives the person who sold his son the gun he used to kill himself.
"Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun. I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15"
Warren later wrote on Twitter: "God never allows more on you than he puts in you to bear it."
The death at the younger Warren's home on Pradera Drive was reported to authorities about 5:25 p.m. last Friday, Supervising Deputy Coroner Dan Aikin said.