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The McDonald's massacre, sometimes called the McMurder, was an incident of mass murder at a McDonald's restaurant in the border town of San Ysidro, California (a suburb of San Diego), United States, on July 18, 1984. A mass murder (massacre) is an act of murdering of a large number of people all at the same time. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants. ... View of U.S.-Mexico barrier (and Tijuana, Baja California beyond it) from San Ysidro, California. ... State nickname: The Golden State Official languages English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 4. ... San Diego at sunset, 2001 Nickname: Americas Finest City Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: http://www. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

James Oliver Huberty.
James Oliver Huberty.

The massacre was carried out by James Oliver Huberty, a 41 year old former welder from Canton, Ohio. In January 1984, Huberty had moved to San Ysidro with his wife and children, where he worked as a security guard until his dismissal one week prior to the murders. His apartment was located near the site of the shooting spree. Image File history File links Mug shot, taken from www. ... Image File history File links Mug shot, taken from www. ... A welder is a tradesman who specialises in welding materials together. ... Canton is a city located in Stark County, Ohio. ...

Before leaving for McDonald's his wife Etna asked him where he was going, Huberty responded, "going to hunt humans". Earlier that same day he and his family visited another McDonald's restaurant for lunch, before going to the zoo. While walking around with his wife and two daughters he made the comment to his wife, "society had its chance".

Huberty used a nine-millimeter Uzi carbine (the primary weapon fired in the massacre), a Winchester pump-action twelve-gauge shotgun, and a nine-millimeter Browning semi-automatic pistol in the restaurant, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. Huberty's victims were predominantly Mexican and Mexican-American and ranged in age from eight months to 74 years. The massacre began at 4 p.m. and lasted for 77 minutes. Huberty had spent 257 rounds of ammunition before he was fatally shot by Chuck Foster, a SWAT team sniper perched on the roof next door. The 70 minute shooting spree is reconstructed in The Sett (1996), a book by Ranulph Fiennes, which deals with the subject of revenge killing. The Uzi is a compact, boxy, light-weight submachine gun. ... A semi-automatic firearm requires a trigger pull for each round that is fired. ... The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was a prominent American maker of repeating weapons during the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century. ... A pump-action and two semi-automatic action shotguns, 20 boxes of shotgun shells, a target thrower, and 3 boxes of clay targets. ... Browning Arms Company was founded in Utah in 1927. ... A Semi-automatic (also known as Self-loading) pistol is a type of handheld firearm, a kind of pistol. ... The ethnonym Mexican American describes United States citizens of Mexican ancestry (14 million in 2003) and Mexican citizens who reside in the US (10 million in 2003). ... SWAT officers SWAT (an acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics; originally Special Weapons Assault Team) is a specialized paramilitary police unit in major United States city police departments, which is trained to perform dangerous operations. ... The traditional definition of a sniper is an infantry soldier especially skilled in field craft and marksmanship, who kills selected enemies from concealment with a rifle at long distances. ... Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE (usually simply Ranulph Fiennes, born March 7, 1944) is a British explorer and holder of several endurance records. ...

Although Huberty stated during the massacre that he had killed thousands in Vietnam, he had never really served in any military branch in his life. There was speculation that schizophrenia led him to believe that he had actually served in the war itself.


The following people were killed:

  • Elsa Herlinda Borboa-Firro
  • Neva Denise Caine (the manager of the McDonald's)
  • Michelle Deanne Carncross
  • María Elena Colmenero Silva
  • David Flores Delgado (11 Years Old)
  • Gloria López González
  • Omar Alonso Hernández (11 Years Old)
  • Blythe Regan Herrera (Matao Herrera's mother)
  • Matao Herrera (11 Years Old)
  • Paulina Aquino López
  • Margarita Padilla
  • Claudia Pérez (9 years old)
  • Rubén Lozano Pérez (the Ronald McDonald Mascot)
  • Carlos Reyes (8 Months)
  • Jackie Wright Reyes (Carlos Reyes's mother)
  • Victor Rivera (A maintenance worker)
  • Arisdelsi Vuelvas Vargas
  • Hugo Luis Velazquez Vargas (A rising international banker)
  • Aida Velazquez Vazquez
  • Laurence "Gus" Versiluis (A truck driver stopping for coffee on his retirement day)
  • Miguel Victoria Ulloa
  • Alicia Victoria

Survivors included

  • Ronald Herrera
  • Keith Thomas
  • Aurora Pena
  • Maria Rivera
  • Joshua Coleman
  • Alberto Leos
  • Jason Hall
  • Rosa Hall
  • Adam Hall

The Property

On 26 September 1984, McDonald's tore down the restaurant where the massacre occurred and gave the property to the city, which opened San Ysidro Southwestern Community College there. In front of the school is a memorial to the massacre victims, consisting of 21 hexagonal granite pillars ranging in height from one to six feet. September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 96 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ...

In 1986 Etna Huberty, his widow, unsuccessfully sued McDonald's and Babcock and Wilcox, James Huberty's longtime former employer, in an Ohio state court for $7.88 million, claiming that the massacre was triggered by the combined mixture of McDonald's food and work around poisonous metals. She alleged that monosodium glutamate in the food, combined with the high levels of lead and cadmium in Huberty's body, induced delusions and uncontrollable rage. An autopsy did reveal high levels of the metals, most likely built up from fumes inhaled during 14 years of welding. Autopsy results also revealed there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the killings. Babcock and Wilcox is a power generation and equipment design company. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... Monosodium glutamate, sodium glutamate or E 621 (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry [IUPAC] name: 2-aminopentanedioic acid, 2-aminoglutaric acid, 1-aminopropane-1,3-dicarboxylic acid), commonly known as MSG or Vetsin, is a sodium salt of glutamic acid. ... General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish white Atomic mass 207. ... General Name, Symbol, Number cadmium, Cd, 48 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 12, 5, d Appearance silvery gray metallic Atomic mass 112. ...

Mental instability was probably one motive in the shooting. On the day before the massacre, Huberty had called a mental health center. The receptionist had mispelled his name on intake and since he had not claimed there was an immediate emergency, his call was not returned. Huberty was at a point of desperation in his life fueled by his unemployment and depression, he felt total helplessness. In addition, being thousands of miles away from his roots back in Canton, Ohio, he was not adapting well to the predominately hispanic San Ysidro, which was tremendously stressful for him. Huberty's actions that day stemmed from growing rage over the years, finally breaking past the last barrier and unleashing with a vengeance.

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