NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Locked up in New Hanover County jail, Kolton Thompson admits to joining the Bloods when he was growing up in foster care.
"I was a gangbanger because I never had no family," he said, sitting behind security glass.
Thompson said his fellow gang members became his family, but the recent surge of violence has him keeping his distance from certain family functions. The brotherly love that he sought has been replaced with hate.
"Everybody is hate out there," said Thompson. "I'm trying to get away from all this"
But he can't. Thompson is facing criminal charges for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.
Police arrested Thompson and Daiquan Jacobs in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Creekwood community. No one was hit, but police searched for the suspects responsible.