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Update: Only 1 victim linked to Facebook murder suspect

Cleveland police seeking suspect in homicide

Staff and Wire Report Published: April 17, 2017 4:00 AM
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting captured on video and later shared on Facebook (all times local):

7 a.m.

Cleveland police searching for the suspect who fatally shot an elderly passerby in a gruesome video posted on Facebook say no more victims have been found, despite the shooter's claim that he killed over a dozen people.

Police said Monday that they've found no evidence of other slayings linked to the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens. They planned to provide updates on the search at a news conference later Monday morning.

They say Stephens may have left Ohio, and they're urging people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on the lookout. They say Stephens should be considered armed and dangerous.

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He's wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

The FBI is helping with the investigation.

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2:05 a.m.

Police in Ohio are urging residents in surrounding states on Monday to be on alert for a man who they say shot and killed an elderly passerby and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook.

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Thirty-seven-year-old Steve Stephens is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on the lookout for Stephens, who they say should be considered armed and dangerous.

In a separate video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people. Police say they have not verified any other shootings or deaths.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

EARLIER STORY

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police say they are searching for a homicide suspect who broadcast the fatal shooting of another man live on Facebook Sunday afternoon.

The shooting occurred at East 93rd Street on Cleveland West Side in the Glenville neighborhood and was posted as a live video for about three hours before being removed. Cleveland police identified the victim as Robert Goodwin Sr., age 74.

Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, a spokesman for Cleveland police, said police are seeking a man named Steve Stephens. He is roughly 6 feet tall, weighs roughly 240 pounds and is bald with a full beard, according to police.

Stephens was believed to be driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags.

Police say Stephens broadcast another video of himself later on the social media network claiming he had killed other people. Ciaccia told Cleveland.com that those live events have not yet been verified by police.

Stephens' Facebook page was deactivated later Sunday afternoon, according to Cleveland 19.

Police say Stephens should be considered armed and dangerous. No information about the victim has been released other than the last name of Goodwin.

The FBI is assisting Cleveland police with the investigation, according to Cleveland Patch.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Patch. "We take our responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety."

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference just after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday to confirm the details of the homicide.

Cleveland Hopkins Airport was placed on high alert Sunday evening, according to Cleveland 19. The Cleveland Clinic main campus, just south of the homicide location, was not.

Stephens was a case manager for Beech Brook, a mental health and adoption organization, Cleveland 19 confirmed.


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