CLEVELAND (AP/CNN)– An Ohio guy declared to be mad at a lady when he shot and killed a senior passerby Sunday afternoon while streaming the murder on Facebook. Police urged the suspect to turn himself in, but he remained on the loose into the night.
Police officials identified the suspect as Steve Stephens, and Cleveland Cops Chief Calvin Williams stated officers were searching for him in the Cleveland area and beyond.
The victim was identified as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr.
. In the video, which appears unstable, Stephens leaves his automobile and appears to randomly target Goodwin, who was holding a shopping bag. Stephens states the name of a female, whom Goodwin does not appear to recognize.
“She’s the reason that this will happen to you,” Stephens told Goodwin before pointing a weapon at him. Goodwin can be seen shielding his face with the shopping bag.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson publicly advised Stephens to turn himself in to authorities and not to “do anymore harm to anyone.”
“Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation,” Jackson stated.
In a separate video, Stephens declared to have killed more than a dozen other people. Williams said cops have actually not validated other shootings or deaths.
“There are no more victims that we know are connected to him,” he said.
The chief likewise stated they’ve been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health firm locateded in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.
“We are surprised and frightened and we don’t know anything more about it,” company spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer informed WOIO-TV. “We hope and hope that he is apprehended as quickly as possible and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly.”
It was not instantly known exactly what Stephens does for the company, which said it will serve more than 18,000 kids and families this year, inning accordance with its site.
Authorities said Stephens transmitted the video live on the social networks network Sunday afternoon. It was up for about 3 hours before it was eliminated. Stephens Facebook page likewise has been removed.
This is not the first time Facebook Live has actually been used to relay violence or death. In January, 4 people in Chicago were jailed after they presumably beat and teased a psychologically handicapped man live on the social media site. Then in March, a 15-year-old Chicago woman was apparently sexually assaulted by 5 or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to authorities, authorities stated.
“This is a dreadful crime and we do not permit this sort of material on Facebook,” stated a spokesperson for Facebook. “We strive to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with police in emergencies when there are direct risks to physical security.”
Cops say Stephens must be thought about armed and hazardous.
The FBI is helping in the investigation.
CSU ALERT: CLE PD are searching for murder suspect last seen south of I-90 in the area of E93rd. Shelter in place or keep away from school.
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