Documentary to explore San Ysidro McDonald's massacre

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 22:36:04-04

A documentary filmmaker has a project underway, looking at the San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre of July 18, 1984. 

Charlie Minn promises a provocative movie about the shooting deaths of 21 men, women, and children by a crazed gunman, who said he was going to "hunt humans".

Wendy Flanagan was working the counter that day 32 years ago.

"I heard a single gunshot... and it started."

Michael Opadaca heard the gunfire from across the street; he recognized the gunman through a window, telling 10News that he and James Huberty had done illegal drugs together. 

"He used to tell me had had dreams of shooting people and I guess it got to him."

Filmmaker Minn warns that the video will be difficult to watch. "I'm not here to entertain; I'm here to inform. I'm an explosion of awareness."

The title: 77 Minutes; he's making a point. “That’s way too long; somebody should have intervened, shown some guts and done something. That's the kind of filmmaker I want to be: deep, dangerous, complicated, and to make social change."

Today's terrorism brings it all back for Flanagan, especially when she eats out.      

"I go through it, over and over. I have to see all the exits and I feel nervous like I'd be trapped again. I'd rather they shoot me. I wouldn't want to live through something like that again."

The movie, "77 Minutes," is still being shot and edited. Release is planned for September.