'Gun-toting' Darrius Sessoms 'paced nearby' after shooting Cannon Hinnant while the 5-year-old's dad tried saving him

MOMENTS after five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was shot in the head at point blank range, the father remembers being “full of rage” as he starred at his son’s killer pacing nearby with the gun in hand.

Austin Hinnant, recalled holding his son as his blood ran through his arms, screaming out for help as he starred at the killer Darrius Sessoms, 25, “pacing nearby, gun in hand,” before driving off.

Hinnant recalled the moment prior to Cannon being murdered, “They were just playing in the yard like any other day,” Hinnant told WRAL on Thursday of Cannon and his two other daughters.

Hinnant said he heard a gunshot as his fiancée walked into the house in Wilson, North Carolina, around 5:30pm on Sunday.

“The first thing that went through my mind was maybe he just fell off his bike. The closer I got to him, the more I realized it was something far more serious,” the father told the outlet.

Hinnant said he’s lived next door to Sessoms and his parents for eight years and even had the 25-year-old over for dinner on Saturday.

“The load says to love our neighbor. I have plenty of food to go around. I just wanted to be nice,” Hinnant said, noting he and Sessoms sat on his porch and drank a beer.

Hinnant said he never had any confrontations with Sessoms, which is why he still can’t understand why he killed his son saying, “everyone just loved Cannon. He lit up the room.”

“There wasn’t anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this,” he added.

The father recalls scooping up the lifeless boy into his arms after he was shot.

“I screamed, ‘somebody, please help save my son! Help me save my son, please,’” he said.

He said a neighbor came over with an EMT bag, adding that he then fell to his knees and prayed aloud.

“You can’t imagine what it’s like to hold your son in your arms with a gunshot wound to the head, and his blood is running down your arms,” he said.

He recalled looking over at Sessoms, “I was looking at him as I was picking up Cannon. I was so full of rage, but I couldn’t leave my son’s side. I wanted to be with my son,” he said.

Bonny Waddell, Cannon's mother, voiced her frustration on Facebook over her son’s death.

“This man will answer to be, that man will see me and my son through my face! This sorry excuse as a human being will rot in hell,” she wrote.

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