Po­lice search for sus­pect tied to killing on Face­book

Of­fi­cials say man shot el­derly man while on video

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CLEVELAND | A man­hunt is un­der­way for a sus­pect who po­lice say killed a man on the street Sun­day while stream­ing it live on Face­book.

Law en­force­ment is search­ing the Cleveland area and be­yond for Steve Stephens, who po­lice say walked up to an el­derly man and shot him while on video, said Cleveland Po­lice Chief Calvin Wil­liams.

The vic­tim has been iden­ti­fied as 74-year-old Robert Good­win Sr.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jack­son pub­licly urged Mr. Stephens to turn him­self into po­lice and not to “do any more harm to any­body.”

“Any prob­lems he is hav­ing, we can have a con­ver­sa­tion,” Mr. Jack­son said.

In the video, Mr. Stephens said he “snapped” over a woman and claimed to have killed more than a dozen other peo­ple.

Chief Wil­liams said po­lice have not ver­i­fied that in­for­ma­tion. “There are no more vic­tims that we know are tied to him,” he added.

The chief also said they’ve been talk­ing with Mr. Stephens’ friends and fam­ily. “What hap­pened to­day was sense­less,” the chief said.

Ac­cord­ing to Cleveland TV sta­tion WJW, Fox-8, Chief Wil­liams said the last known sight­ing of Mr. Stephens hap­pened around 2 p.m. and au­thor­i­ties do not know whether he is still in Cleveland or has fled the area.

Au­thor­i­ties say Mr. Stephens broad­cast the video live on the social me­dia net­work Sun­day af­ter­noon. It was up for about three hours be­fore it was re­moved. Mr. Stephens’s Face­book page, us­ing the per­sona “Ste­vie Steve,” has also been re­moved.

This is not the first time Face­book Live has been used to broad­cast vi­o­lence or death.

In Jan­uary, four peo­ple in Chicago were ar­rested af­ter they posted a video show­ing them beat and taunt a men­tally dis­abled man live on the social me­dia site.

Then in March, a 15-year-old Chicago girl was ap­par­ently sex­u­ally as­saulted by five or six men or boys on Face­book Live, and none of the roughly 40 peo­ple who watched the live video re­ported the at­tack to po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said.

“This is a hor­rific crime and we do not al­low this kind of con­tent on Face­book,” said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Face­book. “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.”

Po­lice say Mr. Stephens should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous. He is de­scribed as a black man with a bald head and beard, stand­ing 6 foot 1 inch and weigh­ing 240 pounds.

Chief Wil­liams said Mr. Stephens may be driv­ing a new­er­model white Ford Fu­sion, with a tem­po­rary li­cense plate. The Cleveland po­lice depart­ment re­ported the tag on Twit­ter as “E363630.”

The shoot­ing hap­pened in the Glenville neigh­bor­hood on the city’s east side, south of In­ter­state 90.

Ac­cord­ing to Cleveland TV sta­tion WOIO, Mr. Stephens works at Beech Brook, a be­hav­ioral health agency that “has served more than 18,000 chil­dren and fam­i­lies this year.”

“We are shocked and hor­ri­fied and we don’t know any­thing more about it. We hope and pray that he is ar­rested as soon as pos­si­ble and we hope and pray for a res­o­lu­tion quickly,” Nancy Korte­meyer, a spokes­woman for Beech Brook, told the CBS af­fil­i­ate.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Law en­force­ment are search­ing for Steve Stephens. Mr. Stephens is ac­cused of killing a man.

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