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Marine with PTSD accused of shooting at 4 children, running over their dad

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A former Marine is in jail after police say he ran over a man and fired shots at the victim’s four children.

Detectives say Walter Laak, 36, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and thought he was being followed by the FBI.

According to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department report obtained by FOX5, the victim, Andres Charry, originally had a confrontation with Laak about a week prior.

Police say Charry asked Laak to move his vehicle out of Charry’s designated parking spot, and that may have triggered the former Marine to attack and yell racial slurs in almost the exact same spot a week later.

“Laak stated… he is being watched 24/7 by several federal agents because he discovered several murders that occupied (sic) somewhere overseas,” read the report. “He doesn’t remember hitting him with his vehicle, but did ask if the guy was hurt.”

The report went on to say that Laak tried to drive over Charry twice, but missed the second time. Charry crawled “on the ground trying to get out of the way so he wouldn’t be killed”

Charry does not work for the FBI. He is a pastor at a local church. Now he says he is just thankful to God he and his children survived.

The pastor now tries to do his best to walk with crutches, because his leg was hurt in the crash. His living room is covered in shattered glass. 

Charry told FOX5 he was on his way to the hospital when Laak decided to shoot up his apartment after the incident. His children hid from the bullets in their bedroom. They’re shaken up, but weren’t injured.

“(Laak) stated the FBI uses kids for their missions,” wrote an officer in the report.

Police have arrested Laak multiple times before, calling him a known “threat to law enforcement.”

Almost 10 years ago, Laak killed a man. He was arrested on suspicion of murder, but when it went to trial the jury ruled he was not guilty because of self-defense.

People in the neighborhood say they have reported Laak multiple times for throwing beer bottles at people’s heads and houses.

Even Laak’s mother says his family doesn’t want anything to do with him, even though they love him. She blames the PTSD for consuming his life and doesn’t know how to take care of him.

“He’s not a racist. He’s not a mean person. He’s just crazy,” said the mother, who wouldn’t provide her name. “I’m an old lady. He’s a grown man.”

Charry said Laak’s mother came over to his apartment to apologize, and he doesn’t blame her for anything that has gone wrong.

Still, Charry says he has a little bit of PTSD, too. It’s not nearly the same thing, but he still has panic attacks and his family has trouble sleeping at night.

Charry said he is now trying to move to a new apartment and pay for medical bills. He has a worker’s permit, but no insurance. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to his GoFundMe page.

Laak is being held on $300,000 bail. He is expected to be in court on Oct. 3.

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