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Metallica's Robert Trujillo Recalls Hiding from a Manson Family Shootout as a Child

"It was really scary"

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is reflecting on a harrowing run-in he and his family had with the members of the Manson Family in the ‘70s.

The bass player, 59, appeared on the band The Offspring’s podcast Time to Relax with The Offspring on Thursday and told the story about the time he took cover during the Manson family’s infamous raid of a Hawthorne, California army surplus store that resulted in a shootout in 1971.

The heavy metal musician explained that the event took place shortly after Charles Manson was arrested and he, two of his cousins and his father happened to be staying at his grandparents’ apartment in Hawthorne at the time.

“Long story short: Charlie Mason just had gotten arrested and [I’m in] Hawthorne, California, I’m staying at my grandma’s house,” Trujillo recalled, setting the scene for the podcast hosts. “The army surplus shop there around the corner on Hawthorne Boulevard was robbed.”

“Basically, the Manson Family had this grand scheme — you can check it out on the internet — they were gonna rob the gun store and get their ammo and everything, and they were gonna go to LAX,” he explained of the incident. “They were going to go to LAX and their plan was to hijack a 747 and demand that Charlie gets sent to them, and they’re gonna take this plane to God knows where. This is what they were thinking.”

The rocker continued, “Obviously, the plan didn’t work. Cops show up. There’s a shootout.”

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