EPISODE 12: The 1984 San Ysidro McDonald’s Massacre

The deadliest mass shooting in the history of California took place on July 18, 1984 in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro..

In this episode we take you on a meticulously researched journey back to that fateful day, piecing together the events leading up to the massacre, the chilling details of the attack itself, and the aftermath that forever changed the lives of the survivors and the community.

The perpetrator, James Huberty, entered the restaurant armed with multiple firearms, including a long-barreled Uzi, a shotgun, and a handgun. Without warning, he began firing indiscriminately at patrons and employees, creating a scene of unimaginable horror and chaos. The shooting spree lasted for approximately 77 minutes, during which Huberty claimed the lives of 21 people, including children, and injured 19 others before a SWAT team sniper shot and killed him.

As we peel back the layers, we explore the mind of the shooter, uncovering the factors that may have led to such a devastating act. We delve into the broader societal implications, examining the impact on gun control laws, mental health awareness, and the ways in which this tragedy still reverberates through the lives of those affected.

With compassion and sensitivity, we give voice to the survivors, their families, and the first responders who heroically faced the unimaginable. Their stories provide a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the resilience of a community grappling with grief and healing.

Join us as we untangle the complex web of events, seek answers to lingering questions, and navigate the emotional landscape of this tragic chapter in history with the aim to honor the victims by shedding light on their lives and ensuring that their stories are not forgotten.

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