Cannon Hinnant, a 5-year-old boy, was shot in the head while riding his bike on Sunday. The shooter, Darius Sessoms, lived next door in Wilson, North Carolina. The boy’s two young sisters witnessed the shooting.
Before the shooting, Sessoms was on friendly terms with the boy’s family and had visited them earlier in the day. He had also had dinner with them a few days earlier.
An eyewitness described the shooting to reporter Sloane Heffernan: “In the evening around 5:30, that neighbor tells us that the suspect came running across the lawn, came up to the little boy, who was on a bike, and shot him in the head, his two sisters looking on.”
Hinnant’s father rushed to his son, but the boy did not survive the point-blank shot. According to the Daily Wire:
The boy’s father, too distraught to speak to local news on camera, was heard screaming after the shooting, witnesses said. The man rushed out to hold his bleeding son before Hinnant was rushed to nearby medical center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sessoms, after initially fleeing in a car, was caught the following day and is now in custody. He is being charged with first-degree murder and held without bond.
According to The Sun, Sessoms has a long record:
According to The Wilson Times, Sessoms has a criminal record consisting of felony larceny of firearms, and both felony and misdemeanour marijuana charges, and has done months at a time in prison on separate occasions. According to court records, he also has two pending felonies on his record.
The murder of Cannon Hinnant is not receiving much national attention, and some speculate it is because Hinnant is white and Sessoms is a black man. The mainstream media is notorious for underreporting on stories that do not support their racist narrative. Examples include the shooting of Secoriah Turner in Atlanta, who was shot by BLM protestors when her mother accidentally drove into their “territory.” Many other children have been killed in just the time since George Floyd died on May 25th, but because they were killed by black men, they are ignored by the mainstream press.
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire appealed to his audience to talk about and remember 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant.
Say his name. 5 year old Cannon Hinnant was executed in cold blood while riding his bike. The accused killer is Darius Sessoms. He allegedly walked up to the boy and shot him dead in front of his sisters. Reverse the races and this is the only thing anyone talks about for a month pic.twitter.com/5V72YhAOlI
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 11, 2020
A relative of Cannon’s father started a GoFundMe campaign titled “#JusticeForCannon” after the tragic and senseless killing to help cover funeral expenses and the family through this time.
Sunday, August 9, 2020 a sweet soul named Cannon Hinnant was taken from this world over a senseless act. A beautiful 5 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.”
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