Man sought after 5-year-old killed in North Carolina shooting, police say

North Carolina

WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Police are searching for a 25-year-old suspect after a 5-year-old died as a result of a shooting at a North Carolina home Sunday afternoon.

The incident was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in Wilson, North Carolina, according to a news release from Wilson police.

Darius N. Sessoms

“Officers arrived on the scene and located a 5-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound,” the news release said.

EMS workers and police began “performing lifesaving efforts” at the scene, police said.

The child, identified as Cannon Hinnant, was taken to Wilson Medical Center, but later died, police said.

“The Wilson Police Department sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of Cannon during this tragic time,” the Department said in a release Monday morning.

A murder warrant has been issued for Darius N. Sessoms, of Wilson. Police said he was not in custody.

Frank Harvey, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, says he’s never seen anything like the scene Sunday.

“It’s usually quiet here. You might hear cars kind of loud and stuff like that, but as far as this right here going on, no, you don’t see nothing like this,” said Harvey. “It’s sad, it hurts and justice needs to be served.”

Sessoms was last seen driving a black 2019 Toyota Corolla with NC plate number TCH-2773, police said. The car’s front bumper is missing.

Sessoms has multiple felony drug charges from over the years, multiple felony probation violations, and charges for possessing stolen firearms and resisting a public official. 

Wilson police said they are “actively investigating this case.”

Anyone with information regarding Sessoms or the case is asked to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

Sessoms was last seen driving a black 2019 Toyota Corolla
with NC registration plate number TCH-2773. The vehicle’s front bumper is
missing.

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