Cannon Hinnant, a five year old boy was outside his house playing with his sisters, ages seven and eight, when Darius Nathaniel Sessoms walked up to Cannon, put a gun to this innocent little boy’s head, and fired.
The 25-year-old man Sessoms was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for shooting his 5-year-old neighbor in the head at point-blank range in Wilson, North Carolina on Sunday night.
A neighbor, Doris Labrant, who witnessed the shooting, saw Sessoms kill Cannon, and then run back into his house:
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” she recalled. “For a second I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
Labrant said she realized the gun was real when she saw Cannon’s father’s reaction to the shooting, and she quickly went inside her home, locked the door and called 911. “You don’t expect to see somebody shoot someone,”
Another neighbor Charlene Walburn described the little boy to WTVD:
”He would come over, he and my husband would always talk back and forth and he would ask my husband to put air in his tire.
If he saw me on the porch with a popsicle, he would always come over and ask me if he could have a popsicle.”
Walburn added that they heard the cries of the boy’s father saying his son was shot.
“I just don’t understand why he did it. How can you walk up to a little boy, point blank, and put a gun to his head and just shoot him? How could anyone do that?”
Wilson police said officers responding around 5:30 pm Sunday evening to a report of a shooting at a mobile home park found Cannon Hinnant suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Capt. Steve Stroud of the Wilson Police Department said officers and other first responders performed first aid before the boy was taken to Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Wilson Police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Task Force, The Wilson Times reported quickly apprehended Sessoms was found in a home in Goldsboro and is being held without bond.
No details about a possible motive for the shooting have been released, but police said it was not random.
A cousin of the deceased, Christina Prezioso, said before Sessoms had not been apprehended.
“One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbors yard,” she wrote.
“5 years old guys!! Nothing prepares a parent for the loss of their child. No child should ever have their future stolen from them. As of now the person involved is still hiding like the coward he is. Prayers that he is found soon and justice can begin.”