Hinnant says he ran outside and picked up the injured child and held him in his arms.
“I shouted ‘someone help me, please help me save my son,'” he said.
Hinnant told the affiliate that he looked up and saw his neighbor, Darius Sessoms, in the adjoining courtyard, with a gun in his hand, swinging and furious.
“I was watching him while I was taking the ball and I was so furious, but I could not leave my son’s side,” he said. “I just wanted to be with my son.”
He told his fiancé Hinnant called 911, and the Sessoms left.
In a news release, Wilson Police Department said officers were dispatched to Block 5,100 of Arrow Road on Aug. 9 in connection with a shooting and found a 5-year-old suffering a gunshot wound, who later died. at a nearby hospital.
Police identified Sessoms as a suspect and arrested him after he was found Monday at a Goldsboro mansion about 30 minutes south of Wilson. It is unclear whether Wilson has a lawyer.