darius sessoms cannon hennant murdered

North Carolina man who shot and killed his five-year-old neighbor in front of the boy’s family because he mistakenly rode his bike into his yard briefly is in custody.

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.

Cannon’s mother said her son was playing outside when Sessoms ran up to the boy, shot him in the head, then fled.

The national media has remained mostly silent even those this is a horrific senseless murder of an innocent child.

Doris Lybrand, a neighbor who witnessed the shooting, told WRAL Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put a gun to his head and fired before running back to his own house.

Lybrand said she first thought Sessoms was playing with the kids, but when she saw Cannon’s father’s reaction, she ran inside her home and called 911.

Cannon’s mother said the boy’s sisters, ages seven and eight, were playing with him when the shooting happened and witnessed their little brother get shot.

Cannon was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Sessoms lives next door to Cannon’s father. A neighbor said that the two men had dinner together Saturday night and that Sessoms was at Cannon’s father’s home earlier Sunday, the day of the shooting.

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.

“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand said. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”

She said she realized the gun was real when she saw Cannon’s father’s reaction to the shooting, and she quickly went inside her home, locked the door and tried to call 911.

“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.

Sessoms was caught Monday night — about 24 hours after the shooting — in the nearby town of Goldsboro. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond in the Wilson County Jail.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Cannon’s funeral expenses.

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.