Wanted: Cleveland Facebook Shooting Suspect

"We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now", Williams said, adding police knew of no other victims.

Williams also appealed directly to Stephens, urging him to turn himself in to police and not to "do anymore harm to anybody".

A manhunt for a suspect who authorities said killed an elderly man and then posted the video on Facebook expanded outside OH, with authorities calling on residents of nearby states to be on alert. "And that we're saying to him that he need not do any more", Mr Jackson said.

According to CNN, Cleveland authorities said Stephens did not know the man he killed at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with information should call 911 immediately. The video of the killing was only viewable on Facebook for three hours before it was taken down, and the alleged shooter's Facebook page has been deactivated.

The incident occurred at 635 East 93rd Street.

Investigators believe the man suspected of broadcasting a Facebook video of himself shooting a stranger on Easter Sunday has turned off his cellphone amidst a region-wide manhunt, according to two law enforcement sources.

His son, Godwin Jr, told Cleveland.com that his father was a retired foundry worker and left behind nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is considered armed and risky.

The chief also said they've been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

Stephens' mother, Maggie Green, told CNN she had spoken to her son on Sunday and he told her that he was "mad with his girlfriend that's why he is shooting people and he won't stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop".

After he spotted the man he's accused of killing, he said: "I found somebody I am about to kill".

"What happened today is senseless", said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams at a press conference.

Facebook said the suspect did go live on the social media website at one point during the day, but not during the killing. He was last seen wearing a black or dark blue and gray striped polo shirt and was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags, authorities said.

The FBI is assisting Cleveland police in the search.

The company on Sunday called it a "horrific crime", and said that it works hard to "keep a safe environment on Facebook". She was shot and killed by police a short time after her accounts were deleted from the social media services.

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