Manhunt underway for Steve Stephens who livestreamed homicide in Cleveland

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2017

Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia tells cleveland.com that police haven't verified any slayings besides the one Sunday afternoon in the city's Glenville neighbourhood.

Steve Stephens is being urged to turn himself in after he shot an elderly man in the head Sunday (April 16). He weighs 244 lbs. At the time of the shooting, the suspect was wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt.

East 102-108 Streets in Cleveland are on lockdown and the Cleveland Clinic is on standby for casualties.

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his vehicle and appears to randomly target Godwin, 74, who is holding a plastic shopping bag.

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

The chief also said they've been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioural health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

Apart from the live video of the fatal shooting, Stephens uploaded two other clips claiming to have committed more than 12 homicides.

Officials in the OH city said suspect Steve Stephens, 37, shot his 74-year old victim Robert Godwin Sr at random on Easter Sunday, in cold blood.

"He is considered armed and risky, so we want people to be careful out there", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters. However, police haven't identified any victims other than Goodwin.

According to its website, Beech Brook says it will serve more than 18,000 children and families in northeast OH this year. They said Stephens might be driving a white or cream-coloured Ford Fusion, and that he was armed and risky.

Stephens has also written several Facebook statuses saying his claims of the additional killings are real and saying he was shooting because of "Joy Lane".

The FBI is assisting in the investigation. "I would deal with people's problems every day, but when it comes to my sh*t nobody gives a f*ck", he says in another recording.

The company on Sunday called it a "horrific crime", and said that it works hard to "keep a safe environment on Facebook". "If that doesn't happen, we have all our partners in on this and will look until we find him".

Williams said Stephens may be driving a newer model white Ford Fusion, possibly with a temporary license plate.

"We are shocked and horrified like everyone else", said Nancy Kortemeyer, a spokeswoman for Beech Brook.

A map showing the site of a confirmed homicide as a manhunt continues for suspect Steve Stephens.

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