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Suspect arrested for fatally shooting 5-year-old boy

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Suspected killer Darius Sessoms and 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant


Simone Jasper and Bailey Aldridge

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

A 5-year-old was shot and killed, and the suspected shooter has been arrested, North Carolina officials say.

Police had responded to a residential area on Sunday night and found a child who had been shot. The boy was rushed to Wilson Medical Center and died, officials say.

Wilson police on Monday morning identified the child as Cannon Hinnant.

Darius Sessoms, 25, faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the case, the Wilson Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities had been looking for Sessoms, who was seen driving a black Toyota Corolla with license plate number TCH-2773. Officials shared a photo of the car, which is shown with a missing front bumper.

On Monday afternoon, officials said Sessoms had been arrested, WITN reports.

Police said just after 4:30 p.m. he was in the custody of officers with Wilson Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshals’ Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner reports.

Officials ask anyone with information on the case to call police at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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

Wilson is a city roughly 50 miles east of Raleigh.

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