CLEVELAND (CBSLA.com) — An active search is underway in Ohio after police say a man posted a video of himself killing a complete stranger — a 78-year-old man — on Facebook.
Cleveland police say incident unfolded Sunday afternoon at 635 E. 93. I
Police initially reported the suspect streamed the killing on Facebook Live.
On Sunday evening, Facebook said the 37-year-old suspect went live during the day but not to air the killing.
According to police, the suspect also “claimed to have committed multiple other homicides,” though those claims have yet been verified.
The suspect was identified by police as Steve Stephens, a 6-foot-1 tall black male, who is bald with a full beard.
Stephens was wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt, and is traveling in white or cream-colored sports utility vehicle.
Police said he is to be considered armed and dangerous, and urged the public to not approach the suspect if spotted.
In another video posted to Facebook, Stephens boasted of killing as many as 15 people. Police could not confirm that the suspect killed anyone else.
The one known victim, Robert Godwin Sr., whose age has been given as 74 and 78, was a stranger to the suspect.
Godwin, a retired foundry worker, had nine children and 14 grandchildren.
Stephens was a case worker for a behavioral health clinic. An official for the agency described the firm as “shocked and horrified.”
Officials believe Stephens may already have fled the state.
Unconfirmed reports from friends and family say Stephens “snapped” over a recent break-up. He asked the victim to say the name of his purported ex several times before firing at the man at point-blank range. During and after the shooting, the suspect said the woman’s name and said she made him kill.