Police arrested a 25-year-old man by the name of Darius Sessoms in connection to the shooting of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant. Sessoms, who is from Wilson, North Carolina, had been on the lam from the crime for nearly 24 hours before police caught him at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon.
What We Know
Wilson County police shared their investigative discoveries with WBTV. Here’s what we’ve learned.
On Sunday, August 9 at about 5:30 p.m., Cannon Hinnant was riding a bike in his dad’s yard with his two sisters. WRAL reports that Cannon’s dad lives next door to Darius Sessoms.
A neighbor saw Cannon roll his bike into Sessoms’s yard. Soon after, witnesses say Sessoms approached Cannon and shot him right in the head before running back into his house.
After the shooting, neighbors called the police. Medics took Cannon to the Wilson Medical Center, where he passed away shortly after.
Neighbor Witnessed the Shooting Before Calling 911
According to the Wilson Times, Cannon had just learned to write his name and was set to start kindergarten this year. His grandmother also told WRAL that while of course, they’re glad the suspect was caught, the devastation of losing a 5-year-old beloved family member is too much to bear.
A neighbor named Doris Lybrand witnessed the shooting and gave WRAL further insight into the details.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” she said. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.'” But when she saw Sessoms walk up to Cannon and shoot him, she immediately realized the severity of the situation and called 911.
Sessoms Has Been in Legal Trouble Before
Prior to his arrest on Monday at about 4:30 p.m., witnesses say they saw Sessoms on the lam, driving a black 2019 Toyota Corrolla with NC plates that read TCH-2773. The vehicle was missing its front bumper.
Court records state that right now, Sessoms currently has two pending counts of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. People in North Carolina who police arrest for drug-related crimes “will also be charged with the crime of keeping or maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for the use or sale of a controlled substance—illegal drugs.”
The courts also convicted Sessoms of felony larceny of firearms; a misdemeanor maintaining a place for a controlled substance in Wake County; and felony marijuana possession in Nash County. These all took place in 2016.
In 2017, officials revoked Sessoms’s probation two times. Both times he spent three months in prison.