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North Carolina Neighbor Charged with Murder of 5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant

(The AEGIS Alliance) – WILSON, NORTH CAROLINA –  Police took a Wilson man into custody on Monday night about 24 hours after he is alleged to have shot and killed a 5-year-old boy.

25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms was apprehended in a Goldsboro residence by Goldsboro police, Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, and U.S. Marshals. Sessoms is charged with murder in the first degree and is being held at the Wilson County Jail without bond.

Wilson Police responded to a report of a shooting in a neighborhood at Archers Road in the 5100 blocks of at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Cannon Hinnant’s family said he was playing outside his dad’s house when he was struck by a bullet to the head. The boy’s two sisters, ages 7 and 8, witnessed their brother being shot, Cannon’s mother said. Cannon was taken to Wilson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No details have been released about a possible motive for the shooting, but the shooting was not random, according to police.

Sessoms is the next-door neighbor to Cannon’s father. One of the neighbors said that on Saturday night the two men had dinner together and that Sessoms was at his neighbor’s house earlier on Sunday.

A witness said Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put the gun to his head, and then fired a shot before he ran back to his own home, WRAL reports.

Kyle James Lee – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Kyle James Lee

Majority Owner of The AEGIS Alliance. I studied in college for Media Arts, Game Development. Talents include Writer/Article Writer, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Web Design and Development, Video Production, Social Media, and eCommerce.

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