Cleveland Police confirmed that one homicide has been attributed to Steve Stephens, 37, in a statement released to news media after a video posted to Facebook Live showed an elderly man being shot was posted by a Facebook user going by the name “Stevie Steve.”
The Facebook page has since been taken down.
In a shocking video broadcast live on Facebook, Stephens was driving down a road and says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude.”
Exiting his SUV, Stephens walked up to an elderly man, who has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr., asking how old he is and requesting that he say the name, “Joy Lane” before pulling out a gun.
The man raises his arms, as if to shield himself and says “I don’t know anyone by that name” before Stephens fired one shot at the man’s head.
The video shows the man falling then on the ground, bleeding, as Stephens returns to his vehicle and drives away.
You can watch the extremely graphic video below:
Authorities said the shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street and the Ohio city has been on high alert for several hours, with police swarming several areas and putting lockdowns in place.
Stephens claimed he killed 15 people in messages he had been posting for at least four hours before his page was taken down. His first post called the shootings an “Easter day slaughter,” in which 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, adding: “This shit is real.”
He subsequently claimed to have murdered three more people, writing that he left the bodies in an abandoned house but Cleveland Police have only confirmed one homicide so far.
In another video, the killer matter of factly described his actions to someone, presumed to be a friend.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in held a press conference to urge the killer to turn himself but said that no other shooting victims connected to Stephens have been found.
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