A multi-state manhunt is underway for 37-year-old Steve Stephens who is accused of killing a man in Cleveland and broadcasting it live on Facebook. He said he wants to kill as many people as possible before being caught. (more)
The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when Stephens began broadcasting live on Facebook, telling viewers that he was looking for someone to kill. A video shows him exiting his vehicle and walking up to a man, who is then shot and killed, seemingly at random.
Stephens, who is 37, blamed his girlfriend for his actions and made his victim repeat the woman's name before shooting him. "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you," Stevens told the victim before pulling out a gun and shooting him.
The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.
Stevens also told viewers that he had already killed 13 people, though police have so far found no evidence to support this claim. "Officers continue to search multiple areas," the Cleveland Police Department said in a statement late on Sunday.
The man's Facebook page was deactivated soon after the shooting and he is no longer broadcasting live.
Police in Cleveland have launched a massive manhunt for Stephens and several facilities in the area were initially put on lockdown. Cleveland State University urged students to shelter in place but the lockdown was lifted just before 8 p.m.
The manhunt for Stephens - who is wanted for aggravated murder - was expanded on late Sunday night after authorities acknowledged that he could have left Ohio. People in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan are asked to be on alert.
Stephens is described as a black male, bald with a full beard, standing 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 244 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt and was driving in a white Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag E363630.
Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911 immediately. Do not approach.