Did Somebody Say McDeath?

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty took his wife and two daughters, ages 11 and 9, to the San Diego Zoo. On the way back to their San Ysidro apartment, they stopped for lunch at McDonald's. Perhaps the girls ordered Happy Meals.

After arriving home, Huberty made a trip to a different McDonald's, this one just 200 yards from his apartment. But instead of a couple of bucks for McNuggets, Huberty carried a pistol, a shotgun, and a rifle. When he walked into the fast-food chain around 4 p.m. he began shooting indiscriminately. Ten minutes later 19 were wounded; 21 lay dead. His victims ranged from a four-month-old infant to a 74-year-old man.

A police sharpshooter, firing from the roof of a post office next door, took out James Huberty, putting an end to the bloody carnage. Huberty kept several loaded guns around the house and had talked at various times of "shooting somebody." While his motive remains unclear, Huberty was reportedly despondent over his recent loss of a security guard job.

"I'm going hunting for humans."
James Huberty

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