Only 1 victim linked to Facebook murder suspect

Apr 18, 2017, 01:50

Police in the United States are searching for a suspect who they said posted footage on Facebook of himself killing a man.

A man simply identified as Steve Stephens has been declared wanted for gunning down a 74 year old man somewhere in Cleveland while streaming the gruesome act live onto Facebook. The victim was identified as Robert Godwin Sr. and Police are now searching for the Stephens who is now on the lam.

"We're still asking Steve to turn himself in, but if he doesn't, we'll find him", the chief said.

In a separate video, Stephens said he also killed more than a dozen other people. Police said Stephens was armed and risky.

"There are no more victims that we know are tied to him", he added.

The chief also asked Stephens to turn himself in.

The motive for the shooting was not entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens told Mr Godwin a woman's name and said: "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you". In January, four black people in Chicago were accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled white man and broadcasting the assault on the social media site while making anti-white racial taunts.

Cleveland-based WEWS obtained the videos before Stephens' Facebook page was deactivated. It was recorded and then uploaded to Facebook by Steve Stephens, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Police in OH are urging residents in surrounding states on Monday to be on alert for a man who they say shot and killed an elderly passerby and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety".

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Police said Stephens may have left Ohio.

Stephens is a member of the assertive community treatment team at Beech Brook, a mental health organization in northeast OH, a spokesperson for his employer said.

Cleveland Police have warned the public not to approach this man, describing him as 6 ft 1, 240 pounds and with a full beard.

To urge the importance of only following accurate updates, Cleveland police issued a warning on Twitter late Sunday stating "misinformation in emergencies is risky".

The 37-year-old suspect is considered armed and risky and claims he has killed more people, but police have not verified any more homicides.

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

Stephens' mother said her son was randomly shooting people because he was angry at a girlfriend. "We are horrified. We are hoping for a quick resolution and we hope no one else is harmed".

Anybody with information is urged to call 911 immediately.