The mourning daddy of a 5-year-old boy (Cannon Hinnant) who live was ended in North Carolina said the suspect has lived next door for eight years and he shared dinner with him a day before the shooting.
Cannon Hinnant was riding his bike outside his daddy’s home in Wilson on Sunday when a man approached him and shot him in the head, witnesses informed authorities.
His daddy, Austin Hinnant, was inside your home when he heard the shot go off, he informed CNN affiliate WRAL.
“The first thing that went through my mind was maybe he just fell off his bike,” he said. “The closer I got to him, the more I realized it was something far more serious.”
When he saw his son, he cradled him in his arms and pleaded for help. “I screamed, ‘Somebody, please help me save my son! Help me save my son, please,'” he said.
At the time, the suspect– his neighbor, Darius Sessoms– remained in the backyard next door with a gun in hand, pacing and frenzied, Hinnant said. He explained being filled with rage as he took a look at the suspect– but he didn’t leave Cannon’s side.
“[You] can’t imagine what it’s like to hold your son in your arms with a gunshot wound to the head, and his blood is running down your arms,” he said.
Cannon was with his sisters ages 7 and 8 when the shooting happened. “They were just playing in the yard like any other day,” Hinnant said.
Sessoms, 25, and the victim’s family had no problems, Hinnant said, adding that he had the suspect over for dinner a day before the shooting. Both guys sat on his deck and drank beer, he stated.
“There wasn’t anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this,” Hinnant said.
Authorities have actually not released details on an intention. Hinnant stated he doesn’t understand why his son life was ended by his neighbor.
After the shooting, Hinnant’s fiancé called 911 as a next-door neighbor carrying an EMT bag hurried to assist. Sessoms repelled, he said.
Cops got to the scene and Cannon was carried to the healthcare facility.
Sessoms was arrested Monday in a Goldsboro residence about 30 minutes south of Wilson.
He’s been charged with first-degree murder and is being accepted no bond. It’s uncertain whether he has an attorney.
Cannon was laid to rest Thursday.