Cops hunt for man who broadcast fatal shooting on Facebook Live – New York Daily News


A manhunt is underway for a gunman accused of fatally shooting a man in Ohio while broadcasting the cold-blooded homicide on Facebook Live on Easter Sunday, police said.


Steve Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. at 635 E. 93rd St., around 2 p.m., the Cleveland Police Department said.


Stephens is believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.


Police Chief Calvin Williams called the shooting “senseless” and is urging Stephens to turn himself in.

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Steve Stephens is identified as the suspect. He's considered armed and dangerous. 

Steve Stephens is identified as the suspect. He’s considered armed and dangerous. 

(Cleveland Police)


Stephens claims to have committed other homicides, but Williams said police are not aware of other victims who are tied to him.


Stephens, sporting a full beard and a dark blue, gray or black striped polo shirt, is believed to be driving a white Ford Fusion, police said.

A 74-year-old man was fatally shot in a Facebook Live recording in Ohio on Sunday. The gunman is on the loose. 

A 74-year-old man was fatally shot in a Facebook Live recording in Ohio on Sunday. The gunman is on the loose. 

(YouTube)


The video posted to Facebook appears to belong to Stephens under the profile name Stevie Steve, NBC4 reported.


The video shows the gunman walking up to a man and asking him a question before fatally shooting him in what appeared to be his head.

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“Can you say ‘Joy Lane,'” the gunman asks in the video.

Authorities in Cleveland are searching for Steve Stephens, who is said to have killed a man live on Facebook. 

Authorities in Cleveland are searching for Steve Stephens, who is said to have killed a man live on Facebook. 

(Facebook)


“Joy Lane,” the man replies.


“She’s the reason why all of this is about to happen to you,” the gunman said.


“How old are you?” the gunman asks before opening fire at the victim as he tried to protect himself with a white plastic shopping bag.


Stephens then fired his weapon once, left the victim for dead in a pool of his blood, and then walked back to his vehicle and drove away.


Godwin had just finished eating Easter dinner at his children’s home and was returning home when he was killed, WOIO-TV reported.


“He is a good guy. He’d give you the shirt of his back and I’m not just saying that for these cameras,” Godwin’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., told the TV station. “This man right here was a good man. I hate that he’s gone. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s not real.”


“It feels like my heart is going to stop,”Godwin’s daughter said.


Maggie Green, Stephens’ mother, told CNN her son told her 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,” Green added.


Stephens works at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeast Ohio that serves children and families, according to a facility spokeswoman.


“We learned about the shooting this afternoon when someone saw it on FB and notified us,” spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer said in a statement to ABC News. “We are doing everything we can to help and help locate him.”


The video, which had the caption “Easter day slaughter,” was later taken down, the NBC4 reported. Stephens’ Facebook page has also been deactivated.


Stephens has written posts claiming he’s committed other killings and was shooting in the name of “Joy Lane,” according to Cleveland.com.

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Police said they are not aware of any other crimes tied to the Sunday shooting. 

(Matt Rourke/AP)


Facebook also condemned the shooting.


“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement to the Daily News. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

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