'Facebook killer' remains on loose despite nationwide search
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:45
In a almost minute-long video posted Sunday to Facebook, Stephens is shown confronting Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old Cleveland resident, and shooting him dead.
Stephens about 11 a.m. Tuesday ordered the 20-piece with French fries at a McDonald's drive-thru on Buffalo Road in Erie, Pennsylvania, store employees said.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams has said Stephens apparently chose Godwin at random.
Authorities say Pennsylvania police got a tip that Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning in a fast food restaurant parking lot in Erie County, in Pennsylvania's northwest corner.
Police said Godwin was an innocent bystander who didn't know Stephens.
Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and prosecution.
The killer shared a recording Sunday of himself announcing his plan to kill someone, then two minutes later posted another video of himself shooting and killing Godwin.
A makeshift memorial sits along a fence Monday, April 17, 2017, near where Robert Godwin Sr., was killed in Cleveland.
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Cleveland's police chief said Tuesday they've received more than 400 tips from as far away as Texas, but so far they've been unable to narrow down the manhunt. A Facebook video of an OH man shooting a 74-year-old retiree in Cleveland was up for three hour.
Members of Cleveland's clergy had asked Mayor Frank Jackson to convey their desire to help Stephens, should he want to seek out their counsel.
In the video of the shooting, Stephens told Godwin the name of his girlfriend and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".
Owner Blake Frederick says suspect Steve Stephens visited Sherwin Shooting Sports within the past year.
Stephens filed for bankruptcy two years ago despite holding down a job as a counselor helping young people develop job skills and find employment. "I am sorry that all of this has happened".
Police say the 37-year-old Stephens had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. "He was kind and loving to me and my children", she told CBS News.
Stephens, who has no prior criminal record, is not suspected in any other killings, police said.
In other, rambling videos on Facebook he said he was out of options and wanted to kill as many innocent people as he could, though authorities have not found any evidence of other killings.