Phillip and Donna Walls were under attack Monday — or at least they thought they were.
The couple was using bath salts — a type of synthetic drug — when they called 911 to complain that phantom gang members were camped out under their house, police in Kings Mountain, N.C., said.
“They were there yesterday and last night,” Donna told the dispatcher.
The couple then allegedly hauled a military bag full of weapons outside, and Donna fired about seven shots into the air.
Their neighbors, Richard and Debra Robinson, got caught in between the couple’s delusions and a terrifying reality when the paranoid suspected shooters forced their way into the Robinsons’ home, WSOC-TV reported.
“They were delusional,” Debra Robinson said. “They really thought somebody was out to kill them.”
Despite the danger, Richard Robinson, a pastor, said he knew the couple needed help.
“I was little afraid, don’t get me wrong,” he recalled. “But even in that state of mind, he had enough presence to ask me to pray for him.”
Richard convinced the Walls to hand over their guns, assuring them that they were safe in his home.
The drugged-up couple were taken to the hospital, where they spent Monday night, and then to jail Tuesday morning, according to WSOC.
They are charged with going armed to the terror of the people and breaking and entering, according to the Gaston Gazette.
Police said they have a history of using bath salts, but their behavior had never endangered anyone else before.
They are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.