Police are hunting a killer who live-streamed the moment he shot dead an innocent man in Cleveland and claims to have slaughtered 14 more.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12 (KJV)
Steve Stephens, 37, is on the loose in the Ohio city after he recorded the shocking act on social media at around 3pm Eastern Time on Easter Sunday. The horrifying video, which police say is real, shows him driving up to an elderly man in the street and opening fire.
The victim has been identified by Cleveland Police as Robert Goodwin, 74. He claims to have killed 15 people on Sunday, but only one death has been confirmed. Stephens, who works a mental health care manager, also wrote that he ‘messed up’ in postings on social media, and blamed the shooting on a woman, believed to be his ex-partner.
Cleveland Police Hunting Down Facebook Live Killer:
He wrote in a Facebook post that the woman is Joy Lane, and that he would only stop if she or his mother called him. Lane is said to be an Air Force veteran, and he said that the two dated for three years, and he wishes he’d never met her.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that the video posted to Facebook Live showing an elderly man being shot is legitimate.
He is 6ft and is said to weight 240lbs. He is bald with a full beard. He is wearing a dark blue, and gray or black striped polo shirt.
This is the video posted via Facebook Live:
This video is HIGHLY graphic, watch with caution.
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Police say he is driving around in a White Ford Fusion with temporary tags and is considered armed and dangerous.
Cleveland State University has issued a shelter in place, a campus spokesman told Fox 8. The Cleveland Clinic is also on lock down now because of the shooter, according to Tia Ewing of Cleveland 19 News.
The University also sent out a text messages to its students, according to Heavy, which says ‘Cleveland police are searching for a murder suspect last seen south of Interstate 90 in the area of E93rd’.
Stephens’s Facebook and all posts have since been taken down. The video of the shooting was on his page for three hours.
A company spokesperson said in a statement: ‘This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.’ source