Cleveland authorities have issued a manhunt for Steve Stephens, who posted a video of himself killing an elderly man to Facebook Live this past Sunday.
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 16, 2017
The video, which shows Stephens getting out of his car to approach and shoot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr, went viral around 2 p.m. on Easter. In it, he said to the camera, “Imma kill this guy right here — this old dude.” He then turned to Godwin and said, “Hi, can you do me a favor? Can you say ‘Joy Lane?’”
When Godwin repeated the name, Stephens said, “Yeah, she’s the reason all this is about to happen to you,” and pulled the trigger on the man. Lane is believed to be Stephens ex-girlfriend, according to CBS.
— Shanice Settle (@ShaniceDunning) April 16, 2017
In another video, Stephens said that he just “snapped” and called it the “Easter Sunday massacre” after claiming that he had already killed 13 others, though authorities have found no evidence that this claim is true.
“I’m going to keep killing until they catch me,” he added, telling the camera that he was working on his 14th victim “as we speak.”
Stephens’ Facebook page has since been deactivated and Facebook released a statement regarding the videos:
“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”
UPDATE Homicide suspect Steve Stephens' actual vehicle has Ohio Temp tag E363630 pic.twitter.com/tE3r5u4BNN
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 17, 2017
While authorities are searching for Stephens, the Cleveland Division of Police released a statement asking the residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on alert.