Five-year-old boy riding bike is ‘shot dead at point blank range by neighbour’

Cops in North Carolina have charged a man with murder of a five-year-old boy who was gunned down at point blank range while riding a bike.

The brutal shooting took place on Sunday evening, as the child was preparing to start kindergarten for the first time the next day.

Neighbour Darius Sessoms, 25, was arrested by Wilson police on suspicion of the murder of Cannon Hinnant.

The boy was said to be playing in his dad's front garden when Sessoms approached and pulled a gun on him, shooting him in the head around 5.30pm.

Neighbour Doris Labrant witnessed the shooting. She told local outlet WRAL: "My first reaction was he's playing with the kids,' Labrant said. 'For a second, I thought, "That couldn't happen". People don't run across the street and kill kids."

When she realised the shooting was real she ran to lock herself inside and call 911.

Local media reports say little Cannon's seven-year-old and eight-year-old sisters also witnessed the shooting.

It's believed the suspect knew the family and even had dinner with the boy's dad Austin on Friday.

A murder investigation is now underway.

The boy's heartbroken mum Bonny Waddell told the Wilson Times: "He was just a loving kid.

"He had the biggest heart.

'It’s devastating. No one should ever have to bury their child. No mother should have to go through this."

Police were called to the scene on Archers Road at around 5.30pm Sunday where Hinnant was found with a gunshot wound.

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Police charged Sessoms, who fled the scene in his car before being arrested 24-hours later, with first degree murder.

He is being held with no bond.

Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service task force assisted in his arrest.

'The Wilson Police Department sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of Cannon during this tragic time,' a police spokesperson said Monday.

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Sessmons made his first ten-minute court via video link from Wilson County Jail on Tuesday morning.

Wilson County District Court Judge John Britt read Sessoms his rights and the charge he is facing. The suspect said he would be seeking his own attorney to represent him.

A hearing date has been set for August 25.

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