On Sunday a Cleveland man shot and killed a 74-year-old man and posted a video of the killing to Facebook. Suspect Steve Stephens also admitted to murder during his Facebook Live post. In the recording, he drove, got out of his car and shot Robert Godwin, Sr.
The 911 calls have now been released. A man called 911 told the dispatcher he saw an older man lying on the sidewalk, and that it appeared that he was shot in the head or in the ear area. When the dispatcher asked if Godwin was still awake, the caller said he is unconscious, and that he is dead.
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According to CBS News, Godwin was picked at random. He is a father of ten.
Authorities said that Stephens posted several Facebook Live videos bragging that he’d killed at least a dozen other people. Rambling videos he shared showed Stephens saying he “was out of options” and that wanted to kill as many innocent people as possible.
According to the report, he partly blames everything on problems with his ex-girlfriend. In the Facebook video, Stephens told Godwin a woman’s name and said, “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you.” Godwin seemed confused and did not recognize the name.
Stephens used to work as a mentor for Cleveland teens. But lately, he’s been struggling with gambling debts and relationship issues according to police.
His ex-girlfriend Joy Lane, said in a text message to CBS News that “we had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened.” She also said that Stephens was good to her and her children.
There is a nationwide manhunt for Stephens with a $50,000 reward.
On Monday evening, Facebook announced that it was launching a review for reporting harmful content over Stephen’s videos. Facebook stated that first, Stephens posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then posted another video of himself shooting Godwin two minutes later. A few minutes after that video, he went live and confessed the murder.
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