Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down. You can watch other videos in which he talks about his reasons for the killing here.
In the shocking video, which was recorded and then uploaded to the page, not streamed live, Stephens can be seen driving down the road and he says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude,” before exiting his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him, asking how old he is before pulling out a gun. The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once, hitting the man in the head.
The video shows the man on the ground, bleeding as Stephens walks back to his car and drives off. The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street, police said. The victim has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr., 74. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of the victim, Robert Godwin. The crowdfund website says it has confirmed the funds will be given to the family.
Stephens remained at large Monday after police searched dozens of locations to no avail, following up on leads.
The search has extended to neighboring states, with police broadcasts about Stephens being put out to officers in Pennsylvania and New York.
“We need Steve to turn himself in,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference. “Right now there are two families out there hurting. Mr. Godwin’s family and of course there are people out there who care about Steve and want to see this not go any further.
“We’ve brought everything to bear on this, from our federal partners, our state and local partners. And everybody is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now. … What happened today is senseless,” Williams said.
The chief said police have been in contact with Stephens’ family to try to get him to turn himself in. Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke directly to Stephens.
“We want to communicate to him that we know who he is and that he will eventually be caught,” Jackson said. “He need not do anymore harm to anybody, any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he’s having we’re here to have a conversation with him.” Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Twitter, “This is a hideous criminal & the Ohio Highway Patrol has made all resources available to Cleveland in its response.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Stephens is “obviously armed and dangerous,” and could be in many places. He said anyone with tips should call 911 or 1-800-CALL-FBI. “The goal here is to find Mr. Stephens before any other crimes are committed,” Anthony said.
“He’s good guy. He’d give you the shirt off his back,” a family member told reporters. “This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone. It’s not real.”Police said Godwin was picked at random. In another Facebook post, Stephens said he has killed 15 people. He had been posting on Facebook for at least four hours before his page was taken down. His first post called the shootings an “Easter day slaughter.” In that post, he claimed to have killed 12 people, and said he “won’t stop” until his mother and another woman call him.
“I’m the #goodguy,” he wrote. In later posts, he claimed to have killed three more people. He wrote that many of the bodies were in an abandoned house. Cleveland Police said in a press release that only one homicide has been confirmed. They searched locations mentioned by Stephens in his videos, but found no other victims.
“This shit is real,” Stephens wrote on Facebook.
On Facebook, Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman, who appears to have been his girlfriend, Joy Lane. He wrote, “three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.” In the video showing him shooting an elderly man, he asks him to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before shooting him.
“She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” he says.
Steve Stephens, who allegedly killed 74-year-old Cleveland man Robert Goodwin Sr. and broadcast the wrenching footage on Facebook, killed himself after a brief pursuit by police in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a tweet.
The broadcast of the seemingly random killing resulted in a massive manhunt from Cleveland police and other law enforcement agencies, which swept the city in search of Stephens but failed to immediately locate him.
Officials, including Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson, said there was a $50,000 reward for any information leading to Stephens' arrest. Police had been on the lookout for Stephens in a number of states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan, according to the Associated Press.
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