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.
Thompson owns up to his previous charges for drugs and carrying a concealed weapon. He said the latter was a handgun that he kept for protection from people making threats against his family.
Family security aside, Thompson said he's a non-violent person.
"They're labeling me something I'm not," he said.
Though he's still affiliated with the Bloods, Thompson said he started to limit his involvement after a warning from the District Attorney's office. The message was one of maximum prosecution for any gang members who slipup, according to Thompson.
"That's why I've been chilling," he said. "They just blaming me because I'm Blood. They snatching everybody off the streets that's a part of it or affiliated."
Prosecutors told a judge Tuesday afternoon that Thompson is a threat. The judge increased Thompson's bond from $500,000 to $700,000.
He said that the only thing that will save him is a change of story from the man targeted in the shooting.
Thompson's next court date is November 7.
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