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   Lawrence Daily Journal World (Newspaper) - July 22, 1984, Lawrence, Kansas                                LAWRENCE JOURNALW6RLD July 1984 Page 10A Young survivor recalls McDonalds scene By TIMOTHY HARPER Associated Press Writer SAN AP It was the longest day in the life of 11 yearold Joshua but not because he got up before 5 to go By the time he finally got to sleep last Wednesday night with the help of for the first time in his young life Joshua had a dozen buckshot pellets in his He also had played dead for an hour on the broiling asphalt park ing lot outside a McDonalds restaurant where a madman with guns killed 21 The dead in cluded two of Joshuas best crumpled before his eyes alongside their bicycles after the three boys made a fatal decision to get ice LAST WEDNESDAY was the shortest day in the life of 41year old James Oliver It end ed at when a police snipers bullet killed him by tear ing his aorta away from his For the first time in his Huberty had made a He had gone beyond what Henry David Thoreau called the quiet despera tion with which most people lead their The private demons that haunted that spoke to him and gave him explod ed in a 70minute fusillade of bullets that hit 40 people the 21 dead plus 19 who were Huberty was a bitter man fascinated with He left no legacy other than the martial arts he taught his young And his many He left his the relatives and friends and neighbors of the people who were everyone in Southern California and the United States and the whole world who heard about the tragedy and wondered what could possess one human being to so senselessly destroy so many FOR JOSHUA Colemans Omar Hernandez and David both last Wednes day started as an ordinary It was another of those relentlessly sunny summer days in southernmost Southern though the unusually high humidi ty had many people complaining in this predominantly low income San Diego suburb only a mile north of the Mexican Omar and David spent much of the as riding their bikes through the Around 3 in the they went to the house where who had formerly lived in the was visiting his He was showing her the bar racuda and six bass he had caught on a deepsea fishing expedition that morning with relatives and The boys asked Joshua if he wanted to bike down the hill to San Ysidro Boulevard and get something to He asked and was given and the three boys rode It seemed a normal day to other Lawrence Gus who was to retire two days later after 38 years as a made his daily late afternoon stop for a coffee break at the McDonalds on San Ysidro Jackie Wright with her 8monthold son stopped at the restaurant for a snack after a routine shopp ing Miguel and his wife paid their usual Wednes day afternoon visit from their home just across the border in Ti juana to relatives in San Neva Denise a petite and beautiful bride of a promising young chiropractor at their wed ding a month reported on time to her job as manager at the Massacre In San Ysidro LTD i J 1 Bullet that killedl TTubeMy tin H Dow Front of Door Where bodies found of Hubertys victims Where Huberty fell after being shot by marksman AP photo Joshua receives aid from a paramedic after being wounded by a shotgun blast and playing dead for more than an hour during last Wednesdays massacre at a McDonalds restaurant in San Joshua survived but his two friends were killed along with 19 At left is a floorplan of the restaurant prepared by Jim Burnett of the San Diego Symbols show where the bodies of victims and the assailant were a dark brick structure with the familiar golden arches growing out of a playground popular with neighborhood All those people are now victims of the unfathomable rage of James Oliver HUBERTYS Et described the first part of Wednesday as For that meant going to court for a minor traffic violation cross ing a double yellow It was a successful venture pleading they were not On the way Huberty abruptly suggested that he and his wife and their oldest daughter who had gone to court with turn around and go to the San Diego Huberty had recently been fired from a job as a security guard at a condominium complex i the latest in a long series of failed careers that in cluding embalming and welding and had used his last paycheck to buy a yearlong family pass to the He was his wife said He looked at the There were no But she also confessed a sense of Huberty had been becoming more and more emotionally erratic in the seven months since they had left their home in after he lost two factory jobs and another job as a security He told me God was 2 feet tall and had a gray she He heard voices and sometimes talked back to He played with his his his wife On the day before the Huberty told his wife he had called a local mental health center for an but no one had called him Society had their he Officials later said they had a record of Huberty calling to see if her husband had asked for an but no record of him calling for At home after the Huberty went to the upstairs bedroom he shared with his wife in their two paleyellow apartment in an adobestyle complex a block away from and overlooking the Huberty did the dishes and went to the other shared by Zelia and to Huberty came in wearing camouflagestyle fatigue pants and a black Tshirt and I want to kiss you She I want to kiss Then she Where are you going honey He Im going hunting Or something like according to At any she she ignored it because I thought it was just A few minutes just after 4 Huberty burst through the door of the McDonalds bran dishing a semiautomatic a a pistol and a shoulder bag full of Ive kill ed he Homeowners Beware This is the time of year when you will be receiving outoftown calls and mailers soliciting home no one can work as reasonably in the Douglas County area as Jayhawk If you are interested in Replacement Windows Thermal Doors Guttering Siding CALL BOB BLOOM President of Jayhawk Siding the local dependable company member Lawrence Chamber of Commerce 8426425 As people ducked Huberty began spraying OMAR and David rode their bikes down the hill to the Yum Yum doughnut where the other two boys had one doughnut each and hungry from his long day of had two The boys remounted their bikes and took a few pedals to get to the next parking As they got Joshua heard so meone across the street shout a warning in And then he was hit by a shotgun At first he thought someone had thrown a glass at Then he thought whoever had shouted at him from across the street was shooting at He finally realized the fire was corning from inside the Omar fell down and was throwing Joshua said in an interview two days later at the hospital where he was listed in fair condi David fell back and blood started coming out of his head and his eyes rolled Joshua tried to stand up but his legs buckled just as another blast went over his He lay trying not to An honors student who participated in an ex perimental Kids in College pro gram last year when he was in fifth Joshua decided his only hope was to play He gradually wormed himself so that his head was lying on the curb being overspread by his friends He lay there nearly mo occasionally peeking without fully opening his He waited for the SWAT team that he knew would From he And he waited while the shooting continued intermittently for more than an I was just wonder ing if he was going to shoot me Joshua Crowd mourns shooting victims SAN AP The 21 victims of the McDonalds restaurant massacre were commended to the embrace of a mer ciful and loving God Satur day as sobbing relatives and more than other including the killers Jammed a memorial An overflow crowd filled the aisles and lined the walls of the 800aeat Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for the bilingual which was to precede funerals for six of the Hundreds more onlookers stood out The 21 were slain during a shooting spree Wednesday that ended when a police marksmans bullet killed James Oliver a gun fancier and unemployed security His said after the shootings that he had been having increasing emo tional problems including hearing losing his guard Job several weeks HELD UP by rushhour the Special Weapons and Tactics team was not in place until threequarters of an hour after the shooting The order for the police marksmen to draw their sights on Huberty and shoot to kill was withdrawn and reinstated eight minutes at Four minutes sharp shooter Charles from the roof of the Post Office adjacent to the got a clear view of Huberty through a broken window and squeezed off a shot that was trying not to let his chest heave despite the pain from the wounds scattered across his back and legs and the heat of the asphalt waited motionless even after he heard the police shots and the firing from inside the McDonalds If was a full 15 minutes later before the police cautiously closed One of them knelt over Are you all right he Joshua but he The policeman was replaced by a paramedic who used a special pen to write JOSH on his along with marks to show that he was injured but 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