21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald's Massacre
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre

21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre

Jacob Miller - July 18, 2017

The San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre was a mass shooting that occurred in and around a McDonald’s in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego on July 18, 1984. 41-year old James Huberty shot and killed 21 people and injured 19 others before he was fatally shot by the SWAT team.

On July 15, 1954, Huberty mentioned to his wife, Etna, that he might be mentally ill. Two days later, on July 17, Huberty called a mental health clinic requesting an appointment. The following morning, the morning before the massacre, Huberty took his wife and his daughters to the San Diego Zoo. Huberty told his wife that he felt as if his life was over because the mental health clinic never returned phone call. He stated that “society had their chance.”

When they returned home from the zoo, Huberty kissed his wife goodbye and told her that he was “going hunting humans.”

At about 4:00 in the afternoon, Huberty pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. The shooting began.

At 5:17, the SWAT sniper on the roof of the post office across the street had a clear view of Huberty. He fired a single round, killing Huberty.

The McDonald’s donated the land to the city and a monument has been erected on the grounds, commemorating the deceased.

21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Gunman at the McDonalds shooting in San Ysidoro, Calif., James Oliver Huberty. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Etna Huberty (pictured), wife of killer James Huberty, said she had no idea what he was planning. Daily Mail
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
James Huberty, I’ll give you 100 yds AR15
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
On July 18, 1984, he took his family to the San Diego Zoo. Afterward he told his wife that he was going hunting humans and went to a McDonald’s in San Ysidro. Armed with three guns, he killed 21 people and wounded 19 more. Pinterest
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
A bloodied victim is led away by police as SWAT officers assist the wounded at a McDonald’s restaurant, July 18, 1984 in San Ysidro, California. AP Photo
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
The massacre lasted for 77 minutes until Huberty was fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper. Pinterest
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
According to witnesses, Huberty ran in, shouted ‘freeze’, then showered bullets. Daily Mail
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
San Diego Police officers escort out McDonald’s employees after gunman James Oliver Huberty shot and killed 20 people and injured 20 others on July 18, 1984. (UNION-TRIBUNE : JAMES SKOVMAND: CORBIS)
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Staff screamed as they ran out of the diner in horror on July 18, 1984. Daily Mail
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
A San Diego Police Officer escorts a woman away from the scene in San Ysidro. Daily Mail

21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Wounded boy being led away from the scene. Murderpedia
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Woman sits in shock after the massacre. Murderpedia
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Grieving survivors of the massacre. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
A McDonald’s window riddled with bullet holes. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Paramedics treat a survivor. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
SWAT rush to the scene. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
SWAT member trying to take out Hubert. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
SWAT prepare to enter the McDonald’s. ABC
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
Investigators look for evidence in the parking lot of the San Diego, Calif., McDonald’s restaurant in July, 1984, following a shooting massacre. (VINCE BUCCI:ASSOCIATED PRESS)
21 Photos of the Horrific 1984 California McDonald’s Massacre
McDonalds Memorial – Memorial for all the people killed in the July 18, 1984 massacre. Pinterest

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