Cleveland police say suspect was on Facebook when he killed someone

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Police Department is investigating a homicide at the 600 block of East 93rd Street. Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens, posted the video of him killing a man and claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which have not been verified.

East 102 Street - East 108 Street in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University were on lock down Sunday. The Cleveland Clinic was also on stand by for mass casualties.

Police have released a photo of the suspect's actual vehicle.

In the Facebook Live post, Stephens claimed he killed more than a dozen people. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said there are no other victims that the department knows of right now. An edited version of the Facebook Live post may be watched here. Warning: Although edited, the violent video is still difficult to watch.

"We've checked several locations that were either in the [Facebook Live] post itself or from information we got. So far there are no more victims tied to Steve and this incident," said Williams.

The chief also asked Stephens to turn himself in.

"What happened today is senseless," said Williams. "I know, Steve, that you have a relationship with some of our clergy in Northeast Ohio. I encourage you to give them a call and then call us and turn yourself in."

The victim in the Facebook Live shooting has been identified as Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, by Cleveland officials.

(Photo of the victim)

Cleveland authorities, as well as federal, state and other local law enforcement agencies, are all looking for Stephens.

"We know who he is and he will eventually be caught," said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The suspect in this case is Steve Stephens:

  • He is described as a black man
  • 6 foot 1, 244 pounds
  • Bald with a full beard
  • Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
  • White or cream colored Ford Fusion with a temporary tag

Police said he is considered armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1, do not approach the suspect, authorities said. 

Cleveland Police said the Facebook live shooting suspect's vehicle is a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag.

Police and EMS are swarming the Cleveland State area. Take precautions and do not approach Stephens, police said.

Cleveland State posted on Twitter that police are searching for murder suspect last seen south of Interstate 90 in the area of East 93rd Street. Shelter is in place or stay away form campus, authorities said.

Below is video of the family talking about the victim.

Video of police looking for the suspect on East 105th Street. (Below)

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