Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Search for Man Who Posted Murder on Facebook Expands

Search for Man Who Posted Murder on Facebook Expands

Police said Steve Stephens, 37, killed Robert Godwin Sr, 74, while the pensioner was collecting aluminium cans in Cleveland, Ohio. The video was later uploaded to Stephens' Facebook page, which has since been deactivated.

"Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are still NOT verified", Cleveland police said in a statement.

Police say Stephens shot a Cleveland retiree collecting aluminum cans Sunday and then posted video of the apparently random killing on Facebook.

Other claims of crimes: In another video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people, but police said they have not found evidence of any other victims.

Late Sunday, police issued an aggravated murder warrant for him and said in a statement that he may have traveled out of state.

The FBI and other agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Police said Stevens may be out of the midwestern state, and asked residents of Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania to be on alert. Police in the city of Erie in Pennsylvania confirmed to ABC news early Monday that they had been notified of a ping detected from Stephens' cell phone on the east side of Erie County.

For any information regarding Stephens whereabouts, contact local authorities.

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his vehicle and appears to randomly target Godwin, 74, who is holding a plastic shopping bag. I know this won't bring their loved one back but it's the least we can do.

Police said Monday his last known location was at the shooting site. She says he "wasn't harming anyone" and was a gentle person, with nothing mean about him.

Williams says Godwin family has seen several GoFundMe campaigns set up in Robert Godwin's name, and is saying people should not contribute to those at this time.

Stephens also says he plans to kill again until he's arrested.

Police have named the victim shot and killed in Cleveland by a man who posted video of the killing on Facebook.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt for Stephens, calling him "armed and risky".

The victim's family said they're in disbelief.

"We just hope Mr. Stephens is apprehended as quickly as possible so that no one else is injured", she said. Police called him armed and unsafe.

"As the video showed, this subject is extremely risky and killed a man who was simply walking home", said Dougherty.

They have described him as black, bald with a full beard, wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt, driving a white or cream coloured SUV and standing at 6 ft 1in.

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