Police have arrested 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms after he fatally shot a 5-year-old in N.C.
5-year-old Cannon Hinnat was shot by Sessoms at point-blank range around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Archers Road. Police say the young boy later died at a hospital.
Family members said 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house when he was shot in the head. The young boy’s two sisters, ages 8 and 7, saw their brother get shot, according to Cannon’s mother.
Cannon was taken to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.
No details about a possible motive for the shooting have been released at this stage, but police said the shooting wasn’t random.
Sessoms lives next door to Cannon’s father, and a neighbor said that the two men had dinner together Saturday night and that Sessoms was at his neighbor’s home earlier Sunday.
Doris Lybrand, a witness to the shooting, said Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put the gun near his head, and fired before running back to his own home.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand said. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
She 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 tried to call 911.
“You don’t expect to see somebody shoot someone,” she said.
Cannon’s grandmother said the family was happy to know that Sessoms had been arrested, but they’re devastated by the young boy’s senseless killing.
25-year-old Darius Sessoms was arrested by Wilson police and the U.S. Marshals’ Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force after being located inside a residence in Goldsboro.
During a brief court hearing Tuesday morning, Darius Sessoms said he planned to hire his own lawyer and rejected an attempt to have a judge appoint an attorney for him.