Manhunt underway for man who livestreamed homicide

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

Officials in the OH city said they were looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the one confirmed killing but had found no evidence to support what police said was a claim he made in the video of having killed more than a dozen other people.

Police said they have also spoken to several people who knew Stephens, including the woman whom Stephens referred to in the Facebook live video he recorded before the shooting.

In a series of Facebook posts from a now-deleted account police believe to have belonged to Stephens, the man called the killing his "Easter day slaughter", according to NBC.

"So far there are no more victims tied to Steve and this incident", said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, according to the station.

The FBI has joined Cleveland police in search for Stephens, NBC News reports.

Police said Sunday night Stephens may have now left the state and they are warning residents of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and NY to be on alert.

"He is considered armed and risky", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters.

They said Stephens may have left OH, and they're urging people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout.

They are asking the public to be vigilant in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and MI.

A Facebook spokesperson said that the murder was not broadcast live on Facebook, as previously reported.

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Stephens is described as a bald man with a full beard, standing 6 foot 1 inch and weighing 244 pounds.

"We know who he is and he will eventually be caught", said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

"He hugged my wife and me and said, 'I'll see you guys next time, ' " Robert Jr. recalled.

The ping happened just before 10 p.m.

The chief also asked Stephens to turn himself in.

The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt and was driving in a white Ford Fusion with OH temporary tag E363630. In the video of the shooting, he holds up his employee badge and says, "I'm killing with my Beech Brook badge on too". If this person needs some help, which obviously he does, he needs to call someone; he needs to turn himself in so he can get the help he needs. They said Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe. The two men did not know each other, police said.

Facebook is reviewing its method of reporting and reviewing videos flagged to by users after a man posted a video featuring himself shooting an elderly man in the head.

Authorities are looking for Steve Stephens, 37, a case manager at a behavioral health agency in Cleveland.

"They rely on the public to flag the content, (saying) 'As soon as you tell us, we'll go take a look, '" he said.

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