A gunman fatally shot an elderly man at random, broadcasting video of the shooting on Facebook Live, and has claimed to have killed several other people on Easter Sunday, Cleveland Police say.
Steve Stephens, who goes by Stevie Steve on Facebook, is wanted for homicide, Cleveland Police said in a press release. Only one shooting, which was broadcast on Facebook, has been confirmed, police said.
The victim has been identified by police as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr.
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The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street about 2 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The city has been on high alert for the past two hours, with police swarming several areas.
“Cleveland stay inside and be safe,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“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. Goodwin’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 Williams’ 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.”
This story is still developing Here’s what we know so far:
1. ‘Found Me Somebody I’m Going to Kill, This Guy Right Here, This Old Dude’
Cleveland Police have confirmed that a video posted to Facebook Live showing an elderly man being shot is legitimate. The video was posted Sunday by a Facebook user going by the name “Stevie Steve,” who has been identified by police as Steve Stephens.
You can watch the video below (warning: very graphic)
Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down.
In the shocking video, 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 white car, described by police as a Ford Fusion, and drives off.
Family members of the victim, Robert Goodwin Sr., 74, spoke to local reporters:
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“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 Chief Calvin Williams said Goodwin was picked out at random in a “senseless” killing.
“We don’t know why. It’s senseless,” Williams said. “There was no need for this gentleman to lose his life. If this person needs some help, which obviously he does. He needs to call someone, he needs to turn himself in so he can get the help he needs. He can’t keep victimizing this community based on his issues.”
Facebook said in a statement that the video was taken down because it violates the site’s standards.
“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”
Mayor Frank Jackson said he wants to personally and on behalf of the city “give condolences to the family of the victim.”
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