N.C. man wanted in fatal shooting of 5-year-old apprehended


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Summary generated on August 11, 2020


    WILSON, N.C. - A North Carolina man was in custody Monday night, about 24 hours after police said he shot and killed a 5-year-old boy.

    Darius N. Sessoms, 25, of Wilson was apprehended in Goldsboro by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, according to our news partner WRAL in Raleigh.

    Police were called to a shooting in a neighborhood in the 5100 block of Archers Road just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Family members said Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father's house when he was shot in the head. The boy's two sisters, ages 8 and 7, saw their brother get shot, according to Cannon's mother.

    No details about a possible motive for the shooting have been released, 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, who witnessed the shooting, said Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put the gun near his head and fired before running back to his own house.

    "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.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.