McDonald’s Massacre, July 18, 1984
On the afternoon of July 18, 1984, unemployed survivalist James Huberty opened fire on the patrons of a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., near the Mexican border. By the time a police sniper fatally shot Huberty more than an hour later, he had killed 21 people.
A July 22, 1984, article in the Lawrence Journal World of Lawrence, Kan., told the story of the massacre through the eyes of some of the survivors.
“It was the longest day in the life of 11-year-old Joshua Coleman, but not because he got up before 5 a.m. to go fishing,” wrote Associated Press writer Timothy Harper.
“By the time he finally got to sleep Wednesday night – with the help of sedatives, for the first time in his life – Joshua had a dozen buckshot pellets in his body.
“He also had played dead for an hour on the broiling asphalt parking lot outside a McDonald’s restaurant where a madman with guns killed 21 people.”
Read about other mass slayings
An Oct. 24, 1987, article in the Winnipeg Free Press of Winnipeg, Manitoba, discusses the future of violent television after a gunman killed 16 people in Hungerford, England. Violence Bashing Fails to Impress
An Oct. 18, 1991 article in the Kerrville Daily Times of Kerrville, Texas, describes the killing of 22 after the gunman drove his truck through the front of a restaurant and opened fire. Killeen Mourns Cafeteria Deaths