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Cleveland police seek suspect in Facebook Live murder

Cleveland police are looking for a shooting suspect after a man was shot dead on Sunday and the entire thing was filmed and posted on Facebook.

A man using the Facebook name Stevie Steve posted a separate video on Facebook claiming that he had killed 15 other people, but Cleveland police said that they were only aware of one death. Chief Calvin D. Williams of the Cleveland Police said during a news conference that they were only aware of the death of the man whose body was recovered after the recording was posted to Facebook.

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, was seen in a video holding up an ID card for a mental health clinic where he claimed to be a case manager before he went on to film the shooting. The video has since been removed from Facebook.

Chief Williams said that Cleveland Police are still on the hunt for Stephens, who said in a video that he was going to keep killing people until he was stopped, promising, “I’m about to keep killing until they catch me.”

Investigators believe Stephens, 37, could be in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or Michigan, as they try to track him via his cell phone GPS. Chief Williams also said that at one point authorities had “direct contact” with Stephens, and are urging him to turn himself in.

Stephens’ mother, Maggie Green, said she last spoke to her son on Saturday, adding 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.”

The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., who police say was chosen at random by the shooter.

 

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