Manhunt expanded in US for suspect in Facebook video killing

Police said they had received dozens of tips about the possible location of the suspect, Steve Stephens, and repeatedly suggested he turn himself in.

"Quite frankly, at this point he could be in a lot of places", Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Stephen Anthony said Monday during the search for Steve Stephens.

Authorities in several states are looking for Stephens, news5cleveland.com said.

Police in Cleveland, Ohio working on the case with help from investigators at the FBI and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), have offered a reward of up to US$50,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steve Stephens, the accused shooter.

To urge the importance of only following accurate updates, Cleveland police issued a warning on Twitter late Sunday stating "misinformation in emergencies is unsafe".

"We are going to make this individual's world very, very, very small", said Pete Elliot, with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Stephens, who has no prior criminal record, is not suspected in any other murders, despite a claim he made in the video of having killed more than a dozen other people, police said.

Facebook has also come under scrutiny.

Cleveland Police were interviewing Stephens' girlfriend on Sunday, Loomis said.

Police are warning residents not to approach Stephens if you see him and to call 911. He talked to his mother after Sunday's murder and said he was "shooting people" because he was angry with his girlfriend. I am safe and with the police.

However that is not confirmed by local law enforcement agencies.

Green, a former clerk at the Justice Center in Cleveland who is on disability, said she was confused by her son's words. "I am sorry that all of this has happened", the text message read, according to CBS.

"From what we can tell now, it's just a random person that he picked out".

"He is a good guy". "To think that one of our employees could do this is bad". "He'd give you the shirt off his back and I'm not just saying that for these cameras", Robert Godwin Jr. told WOIO. I hate he's gone ...

The Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers posted on its website that Stephens is not a licensed social worker in the state. Godwin could be seen attempting to shield himself before Stephens fired the gun, killing Godwin.

A spokeswoman for Beech Brook, in suburban Pepper Pike, issued a statement Monday that says 37-year-old suspect Steve Stephens has been employed there since 2008 and has been a vocational specialist in a program for youth and young adults since 2015.

Sara Ganim reported from Cleveland, and Nicole Chavez and Eliott C. McLaughlin wrote from Atlanta.

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