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Date of Birth 11 October 1942Canton, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 18 July 1984San Ysidro, California, USA  (killed by police in shoot out)

Mini Bio (1)

James Oliver Huberty will forever be remembered for one of the most shocking acts of violence in American history. Huberty, 41, was a welder in Ohio who had lost his job when the plant where he worked closed down. His volatile temper kept him from getting another job so he moved himself and his wife and kids to California where he got a job as a security guard. On July 18th, 1984 he tried to get help for his anger and called a mental health center for an appointment. When the clinic didn't call him back he began an hour-long violent encounter with his wife that ended with Huberty proclaiming "I'm going to hunt humans". He then walked a quarter of a mile from his house to the busy McDonald's restaurant where shortly before 4pm he opened fire with three semi-automatic weapons killing 21 people and injuring 19 more, the youngest six months and the oldest 74. An off-duty police officer driving by moments after the shooting noticed three boys lying in the grass, two dead and one pretending to be dead so that Huberty would not come out and kill him. Pinned inside the restaurant by police, Huberty was ordered to surrender his weapons and step outside but did nothing and was then shot in the head by a sniper stationed on the roof across the street. On September 26th, the city demolished the McDonald's promising never again to build any kind of restaurant in that spot again. Instead, it became the campus of a local college and out front is a memorial to Huberty's victims that consists of 21 hexagonal granite pillars ranging in height from one to six feet which represent each of the people killed that day plus a plaque that bears their names.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jerry Roberts

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Etna Huberty (1965 - 18 July 1984) (his death)

Trivia (6)

Mass murderer who killed 21 people and injured 20 more in a shooting spree at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, California on July 18, 1984.
At the time of the murders, he was unemployed having recently been fired from his job as a security guard. The incident helped to pass a state legislation that security guards be given a thorough screening and a personality test before training for the job can begin.
In response to his killing spree, the McDonald's Corporation issued a statement saying that it was shocked by the incident and delayed all of its advertising for one week as a memorial to those who died. The following day, Burger King announced that it would do the same. After the investigation closed, family and friends of the victims held a candlelit memorial near the site as a request that the city of San Ysidro build a memorial there. They build one two years later in front of the community college that was constructed at the site.
There was a question after his death about whether the coroner's office would keep his brain so that it could be studied. They decided against it stating that there would not be anything that they could possibly learn from studying it.
In 1986 Etna Huberty (his wife) tried to sue both McDonald's and Babcock and Willcox (the equipment design company where her husband worked as a welder) for $7.5 million claiming that MSG in chicken McNuggets mixed with poisonous metals in the welding materials sparked delusions and homicidal tendencies. She alleged that his heavy appetite for McNuggets and his years of inhaling fumes on the job were trigger for his homicidal rage. When it was found that these accusations were scientifically baseless, Mrs. Huberty's attorney advised her to drop the charges.
An avid gun collector, he had over 300 weapons in his collection.

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