Search widens for Facebook murder suspect

Officials say Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday and posted the gruesome video on Facebook.

A video was posted Sunday to a Facebook account apparently belonging to Stephens - the user's name is listed as Stevie Steve, and a city representative confirmed it belongs to him.

We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now, and we want him to turn himself in, ' Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters, adding that local authorities were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and regional law enforcement.

He went on to use the social network to admit to other murders, as well as saying that he wanted to "kill as many people as I can".

Stephens claimed on Facebook that he committed multiple homicides, but police said they have no knowledge of other victims.

Cleveland police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens' arrest.

Police believe he may have left OH and warned residents of the surrounding states of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout.

New York State Trooper James O'Callaghan tells 7 Eyewitness News says even with the ping, police don't have any credible evidence to help them figure out where Stephens is going, and that's what makes this situation so risky.

"He said this is the last time I was going to see him", recalled Green, 53.

"There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight", police chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference on Sunday.

"And I'm about to keep killing until they catch me", he wrote on Facebook as cited by NBC.

This story has been corrected to the show that Facebook now says the killing was recorded and uploaded to Facebook, not broadcast live.

"Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation", Jackson said.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", said a company spokesperson.

Stephens should be considered armed and risky.

Police said they have been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is a case manager at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night offering "our honest and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families" affected by the shooting.

Police say Steve Stephens shot Godwin on Sunday afternoon.

He helped young people develop job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.

In another Facebook post, Stephens blamed the shooting on a woman named Joy Lane, who is believed to be his ex-girlfriend, according to the Daily Mail.

He says in comments that he's killed 15 people in the area of 105 freeway.

She also said Stephens was "a nice guy" who was generous to everyone and was "kind and loving" to her and her children.

In January, four people in Chicago were accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled man and broadcasting the attack on Facebook Live while shouting "fuck Donald Trump" and "fuck white people".

  • Salvatore Jensen