Cleveland Facebook video homicide suspect could be in Indiana

Robert Godwin Sr

Around 2 p.m., a man, identified by police as Steve Stephens, 37, broadcast himself stalking, shooting and killing an elderly man on Facebook Live on Sunday in an area near Cleveland State University. And in 2015, a shooter killed a TV journalist and her cameraman during a live-TV broadcast before posting his own video of the killing on Facebook. Stephens is not believed to have known Godwin, police said.

Police said Sunday night Stephens may have now left the state and they are warning residents of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and NY to be on alert.

"He could be nearby".

The family has not set up any charitable opportunity as of yet, so authorities said please do not donate any money to GoFundMe until further notice. But they said there was no sign he was actually there.

But Stephens remained at large as the hunt for him expanded nationwide, police said. He filed for bankruptcy two years ago.

In number of rambling Facebook posts prior to the uploading of the video "Stevie" Steve' makes a number of threats of violence, blaming his feelings on everyone from his girlfriend, to his work place, to gambling, to his mother, to other people making jokes about him.

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The chief also said they've been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioural health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

Debbie Godwin says her father was retired and had 10 children. "That's all he was doing".

The motive for the shooting wasn't entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens tells Godwin a woman's name and says, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you". Stephens said the name of a woman, whom Godwin didn't seem to recognize. "I am sorry that all of this has happened". "Steve is a really nice guy". In his last video, Stephen said he "snapped" and will continue killing until he is caught. The video on Stephens' Facebook page, where also claimed to have committed "multiple homicides", has since been taken down, showed Stephens firing his gun at Godwin. However, police said they have no evidence to support that after checking several locations.

"We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible, and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly", Nancy Kortemeyer told WOIO. According to the Associated Press, Stephen's passed an extensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background check before he was hired in 2008.

Stephens filed for bankruptcy in January 2015.

The Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers posted on its website that Stephens is not a licensed social worker in the state. "Always respectful to me. well-mannered".

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