Multi-state search targets suspect in Facebook video murder

The offices of Beech Brook were closed on Monday, the group said in a statement, adding it was "horrified" by the shooting.

In a separate video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.

No other information was immediately available from police. It was previously recorded and then uploaded to Facebook by Stephens, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Police earlier had reported the victim's name as Goodwin.

Stephens had worked since 2008 as a vocational specialist and youth mentor at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency located in a Cleveland suburb.

East 108 Street in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University were on lock down Sunday. An edited version of the Facebook Live post may be watched here. "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". Godwin didn't seem to recognize the woman's name.

Police continue to search for Stephens, who they say should be considered armed and unsafe.

He gets out and asks the man: "Do me a favour: can you say Joy Lane?" In one of the videos he is seen holding up his Beech Brook identification badge.

"Please note: We do not nor will we be starting a GoFundMe account for our father Robert Godwin Sr.", the post reads. "If you are ask [sic] to donate to a GoFundMe account, please know it is not us". They spoke the next day, she said, and he told her he was shooting people because he was angry with his girlfriend. Police urged the suspect to turn himself in, but he remained on the loose into the night.

Stephens called the shooting of Godwin "the Easter Sunday massacre" and hinted that there were at least 12 other victims.

He is considered armed and unsafe. Stephens is driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates, according to Cleveland police.

Cleveland police are searching for suspect Steve Stephens.

Cleveland's police chief says a manhunt is underway for a suspect that police say killed a man and posted video of it on Facebook.

The video of the killing was up for about three hours before it was removed. Take precautions and do not approach Stephens, police said. No information about the victim has been released.

Authorities are on the hunt for 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who they say videotaped himself shooting an elderly Cleveland man and then posted it on Facebook.

Facebook Live and the capabilities of social media in general have been a contentious topic recently as a number of crimes and horrific situations have occurred while using the specific platform.

  • Arturo Norris