A manhunt that began on Sunday in Cleveland continues into Monday morning after suspect Steve Stephens filmed and uploaded video of himself shooting an elderly man. It was initially reported as a Facebook Live broadcast, according to NBC News.
The murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin appears to be completely random. In the video, Stephens claims to have killed many more people, but as of now, police say that is unverified. In a news conference, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters, “There are no other victims that we know of.”
There have been no sightings of Stephens since Sunday at 2 pm, and authorities suspect he may have fled somewhere in Ohio. He was last seen wearing a dark striped polo shirt and authorities say he was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags.
In his post to social media, Stephens says he has “lost everything” to gambling, wrote, “I killed 12 people today," and says he won’t stop killing until his mother and a second woman call him. He calls it his “Easter Day slaughter.”
The son of Robert Godwin has not watched the video, in which Stephens approaches the elderly man walking down the street. Stephens demands the man repeat the name of the second woman mentioned in his Facebook post, then says, “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” and kills him.
Robert Godwin Jr. told reporters that he knew as soon as he saw police that his father was dead, since the officer was wearing a vest that read “homicide.”
"I haven't even looked at my cellphone or the news," said Godwin Jr., "I don't really want to see it."
[Image: Cleveland Division of Police]