Facebook releases statement condemning killing
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 13:04
"Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are still NOT verified", Cleveland police said in a statement.
"I found somebody I'm about to kill", the man said in the video, as he pulled his Ford Fusion to the side of a road in east Cleveland about 2 p.m. Sunday.
After announcing that he meant to kill a random person, he exited his vehicle and approached 74-year-old Robert Goodwin, who was walking down the sidewalk at the time. "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", he said as the older man tried to shield himself with a shopping bag.
Stephens was last seen wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt.
The department has issued a photo of the suspect's vehicle and temporary tag number.
In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout for Stephens, who they said may have traveled out of state.
Three men were shot a year ago in Norfolk, Virginia, while one was broadcasting live on Facebook from inside a vehicle.
Authorities said Stephens is a black male who is 6-feet 1-inch and weighs 244 pounds.
A still from a Facebook Live video appears to show the moment Stephens shot and killed a man.
Other videos posted to the page showed the man filming discussing the killings.
Police crews continue to search multiple areas in the city, but residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI are urged to be on alert, as Stephens may have fled the state. White or cream colored SUV.
The shooting took place on East 93 Street just south of the Interstate 90 in the city's Glenville neighborhood, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.
In a separate confession video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people. "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", the statement said. "It feels like my heart is going to stop", one woman said. I said, until they catch me. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.
In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his auto and appears to randomly target Godwin, who was holding a shopping bag.