Facebook murder suspect could be anywhere

Malcolm Fuller
April 18, 2017

Steve Stephens worked with troubled youth for almost a decade before police say he gunned down a random man in Cleveland Sunday afternoon and broadcasted the killing on Facebook, according to his employer.

Authorities in several states were on the lookout Monday for a behavioral health case manager who posted gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans.

"He could be nearby". The FBI is also assisting in the search.

Now, police are desperately hunting for the man who killed Godwin and uploaded the video on Facebook, while Godwin's friends and family are trying to make sense of the senseless death of the 74-year-old man.

Williams says officers have searched dozens of places since the shooting Sunday and told residents to go about their business, but be careful.

Authorities have warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be alert for Stephens, who is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder. ABC News and CNN are both reporting that Stephens' cell phone pinged off of a tower in the Erie, Pa. area. Godwin can be seen shielding his face with the shopping bag. "That's all he was doing". Williams said, "Currently, there are no other victims that we know of". "He'd pick up things off the street and fix them".

Police would not disclose any more information, but they said she is safe.

Police say Steve Stephens shot Godwin on Sunday afternoon. He enjoyed fishing and often was seen walking around with a plastic bag in his hand as he collected aluminum cans he saw on the ground.

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"I am sorry that all of this has happened", Lane wrote in a text message to CBS. She said Stephens was "a nice guy" who was generous to everyone.

Police have launched a manhunt to capture Stephens, who called himself "Stevie Steve" on Facebook.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", said a spokesperson for the company.

In a separate video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.

Steve Stephens may have fled to NY after fatally shooting a man in Cleveland, police there said.

He helped the kids and young adults find career opportunities and prepare themselves for the working world, said Nancy Kortemeyer, senior director of marketing and public relations at Beech Brook.

An extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome, she said. "We are horrified. We are hoping for a quick resolution and we hope no one else is harmed".

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