A five-year-old boy has been shot dead at point-blank range allegedly because he rode his bike into his neighbour’s front yard.
Police in Wilson, North Carolina said Darius Sessoms, 25, shot and killed Cannon Hinnant while the boy was playing in his yard with his family Sunday evening.
Darius Sessoms, was taken into custody by Wilson police around 24 hours after he allegedly approached Cannon Hinnant in front of the young boy’s father’s house at 5:30pm and shot him in the head.
Hinnant’s seven-year-old and eight-year-old sisters witnessed the killing, their mother told WRAL.
Sessoms lived next door to the family, and the killing is not believed to be random. Neighbors claim he had dinner with Hinnant’s father Austin on Friday and had been over at the house earlier on Sunday.
Police are investigating the motive, but according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family by a relative Cannon rode his bike into Sessoms’ yard.
It reads: “Sunday, August 9, 2020 a sweet soul named Cannon Hinnant was taken from this world over a senseless act.
“A beautiful five-year-old baby boy riding his bicycle was shot by his neighbor point blank in Wilson NC.
“One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbors yard.”
Cannon’s heartbroken mum Bonny Waddell told WRAL that her son was shot in front of his older siblings.
Paying tribute to her “loving kid” she told the Wilson Times: “It’s devastating.
“No one should ever have to bury their child. No mother should have to go through this.
“He was just a loving kid. He had the biggest heart.”
Cannon’s family said they have known Sessoms for years and did not think he could murder anyone.
Rachel Pipkin, a cousin of Cannon’s mum, told CBS: “We used to play together and I never thought he’d kill someone.
“A mother now has to lay her son to rest at 5 years old which she should never have to do. He’ll never be forgotten.”
After Cannon was shot Sessoms fled the scene in a black 2019 Toyota Corolla but was tracked down by police and arrested in Goldsboro.
He has been charged with first degree murder and is being held with no bond.