Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Manhunt for man who broadcasted shooting on Facebook live in Cleveland


Authorities are asking for the public's help to find an armed and risky killer as the manhunt expands for a man who allegedly gunned down an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio, and uploaded the video to Facebook.

Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens shot a 74-year-old passer-by on Sunday in an apparently random attack.

Chief Calvin Williams says detectives talked with Stephens by cellphone Sunday after he shot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. but haven't had contact since.

In the Facebook Live post, Stephens claimed he killed more than a dozen people. But Stephens remains at large as the hunt for him expands in OH and neighboring states, they said.

"I want the public to know that we are on it", he said.

"What happened today is senseless", said Williams.

The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was removed. Law enforcement officials have also not found any of the other victims Mr Stephens alleged to have killed.

"Please please please stop retweeting that video and report anyone who has posted it!"

Facebook condemned the killing, calling it an "horrific crime" and said that it works hard to "keep a safe environment on Facebook".

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Authorities say he is armed and risky.

In one of the videos, Stephens can be seen holding up his Beech Brook employee identification badge.

Nancy Kortemeyer, vice president of marketing and PR at Beech Brook, "We are doing everything we can to help and help locate him".

Late Sunday night Cleveland police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens and warned he could have crossed into Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or MI.

Cleveland's police chief says officers have searched dozens of places since the shooting Sunday and told residents to go about their business, but be careful.

Cleveland police are now investigating a homicide after police said the suspect used Facebook live during the killing and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides. The account hadn't been active since 3:30 p.m.

Stephens put out a series of manifesto videos, one of which was him committing the act of murder. "We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly".

In a Monday morning press release, they describe Stephens as a black male, "6'1 244 bald with a full beard". A national tip line has also been established: 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Authorities consider Stephens very risky and ask anyone with any information about his whereabouts to call 911 immediately.

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