Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, told The Wilson Times that the boy had been playing with his sisters outside when he heard a gunshot nearby. Hinnant said he rushed outside and found his son lying on the ground. When he scooped the boy into his arms, he realized his son had a gunshot wound to the head.
“That is why this is so horrific to me,” Hinnant said. “He was doing something he loved.”
A neighbor, 25-year-old Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, is charged with first-degree murder in Cannon’s death.
Hinnant told the newspaper that he and Sessoms were friendly and he always checked in with Sessoms’ parents, who lived next door.
The night before the shooting, Hinnant was grilling chicken, saw Sessoms “sitting in his car, like he had a lot on his mind” and asked if he wanted to eat. The two shared a beer on the front porch, Hinant told the newspaper. He said he saw no foreshadowing of what was ahead.
“I have no idea why he did what he did,” Hinnant said. “It was literally out of nowhere. He puts a gun to my son’s head and shoots him.”