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CBS News 8 photographer remembers McDonald's massacre

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thirty years ago today, a gunman opened fire in a San Ysidro McDonald’s, killing 21 people including five children.

CBS News 8 Photojournalist Scott Hall was on scene at the shooting and he has saved all the video he recorded.

In his own words, he reflects on the events of that day three decades ago.

“It was the first time I'd ever seen anything like this. I had been at Channel 8 all of six weeks.

It was a little before 4 o'clock when the shooting started. We were there by 4:30 in the afternoon and he was still shooting.

And then the real intensity starts with the child who's carried out by this big hulking guy in this terrible moment and this small child who survived mayhem in that restaurant.

That was really dramatic and really powerful and I felt that while I was shooting it.

The feeling of watching those images becomes overwhelming even now 30 years later.

I knew I needed to get a shot of the bad guy. And I caught just a glimpse of him, so I just waited, rolled the camera, stayed on that shot, and there he is.

He was killed by a police sniper's bullet. One shot was all it took.

As a news person, it seems like the right thing to do mark this anniversary and remind people of the brutality. I don't do it without respecting the people who lost family and friends.

I think we need to keep it in our minds that it shouldn't happen again.”

Gunman James Huberty's rampage lasted 78 minutes. In addition to those killed, 19 people were wounded. It remains the deadliest single-shooter rampage in California.

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