Man who Shot Himself in Lake Elsinore Named

LAKE ELSINORE – A man who killed himself with a shotgun in an open field across a Lake Elsinore church was publicly identified, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

David Merritt, 52, of Lake Elsinore, was found dead at 8:42 a.m. Friday at the field next to 310 N. Lowell St., which sits across Independent Church of Elsinore on North Kellogg St., the coroner’s office reported.

Merritt took his life sometime this month but coroner’s officials were not sure when. It was also uncertain whether anyone heard a shotgun blast when Merritt killed himself.

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