An innocent elderly man in Cleveland was said to only be the latest victim of a violent Facebook Live streamer’s murderous joyride through the Ohioan city.
Cops in that are currently on the hunt for one Steve Stephens, or “Stevie Steve,” as he’s known on the social media site, after Stephens allegedly filmed himself shooting an innocent older man on E. 93rd St. in the city early Sunday afternoon, according to the Daily Mail, before relaying to viewers that he had murdered at least 14 other people throughout Easter Sunday.
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In the shocking visual, which has since been wiped from Stephens’ Facebook page (along with his entire account), the alleged shooter is heard complaining about a woman while driving down the Cleveland street, before approaching an elder gentlemen carrying grocery bags.
“Found me somebody I’m going to kill,” Stephens then supposedly stated, “this guy right here, this old dude.”
After exiting his vehicle and approaching the older man, identified online as Robert Godwin, Sr., Stephens’ requests for his unassuming victim to say the name, Joy Lane, which the old man agrees to do.
“She’s the reason, uh, this is about to happen to you,” Stephens follows up, before firing his fun and murdering Mr. Godwin.
The Cleveland shooter then returns to his car, still streaming to Facebook on his device after the murder, and drives off.
A video of sharing details of his horrid crime with his Facebook Live audience can be seen below. Please be advised that the following visual contains graphic language.
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In a latter Facebook post, Stephens; a supposed mental health care manager, explained that the aforementioned Lane was a love interest who had “messed [him] up” to the point of no return.
“He [also] wrote that he would only stop [murdering people] if his mother” or Lane, purported veteran of the Air Force, “called him,” despite previously uttering that he wished he “never met” Lane.
Later in the stream, the Cleveland resident remarked to his Facebook friends that he was well aware that he just committed murder, and ominously threatened that he wasn’t done just yet.
“I’m at the point where I’ve snapped,” the Huffington Post transcribed Stephens as saying, “and I’m about to keep killing until they catch me.”
In a joint press conference mid-Sunday, the police chief of Cleveland and Mayor Frank G. Jackson both implored Stephens to give up on his own volition and turn himself in peacefully.
“Steve Stephens killed an elderly gentleman,” Mayor Jackson began, [and] I personally give my condolences to the family of the victim.”
“[With that said], we [do] know who Steve Stephens is and he will be eventually caught,” the Cleveland city official continued.
“He need not to do anymore harm to any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he’s having, we’re here to have a conversation.”
A man calling himself the son of the late Mr. Godwin told WOIO that his father was a kind man who didn’t deserve to meet such a cruel fate.
“I’m not just saying that for these cameras, like people do knowing their people ain’t right,” the heartbroken relative relayed, “I’m telling the truth.
“This man right here was a good man [and] I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
— Shanice (@ShaniceDunning) April 16, 2017
Stephens is described as being African-American, 6 ft., 244 lb. with a bald head and full beard. FOX 8 News reports that he was last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags. Cleveland Police additionally mention that the Facebook murderer is armed and dangerous and, by his own actions and by admissions, not of sound mind; and implored citizens to please stay away from Stephens, if spotted. Instead, they ask for residents to immediately call 911 for further assistance.
[Featured Image by Cleveland Police Dept.]