Multi-State Manhunt On For Facebook Live Killer Steve Stephens: "I'm Gon' Keep Killing 'Til They Catch Me" (Video)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in several states were on the lookout Monday for a behavioral health case manager who posted gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans.

Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens shot a 74-year-old passer-by on Sunday in an apparently random attack.

While authorities said Stephens might have left Ohio, the city's police chief added that his last known location was at the site of the shooting Sunday afternoon and that detectives spoke with the suspect by cellphone.

Officers have searched dozens of places around the city, said Chief Calvin Williams, who warned residents to be careful as the go about their day.

"He could be a lot of places," said Stephen Anthony, the FBI's top agent in Cleveland. "He could be nearby. He could be far away or anywhere in between."

Authorities have warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be alert for Stephens, who is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.

The victim, retired foundry worker Robert Godwin Sr., apparently was shot while out on a walk to collect discarded aluminum cans in a plastic shopping bag, something his son told that Godwin did often.

Police said Monday that Godwin is the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect's claim in a separate video on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people.

The motive for the shooting wasn't entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens tells Godwin a woman's name and says, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you." Godwin didn't seem to recognize the woman's name.

The suspect then points a gun at Godwin, who shields his face with the plastic bag.

Facebook said the video was posted after the killing but wasn't broadcast on Facebook Live as police initially indicated. The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.

The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was removed. Stephens' Facebook page also was eventually removed.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook," the company said. "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."

The victim's son, Robert Godwin Jr., told that he couldn't bring himself to watch the video but learned about it from others.

"I don't really want to see it," he said.

In the separate video, authorities said Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.

"Like I said, I killed 13, so I'm working on 14 as we speak," Stephens said.

Police have not verified any other shootings or deaths, Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

Police said they have talked with family and friends of Stephens, who is a case manager at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer said Sunday that news of the shooting shocked and horrified the agency.

"We are hoping that the Cleveland police will be able to apprehend Mr. Stephens as soon as possible and before anyone else is injured," Kortemeyer said in a statement.

In one of the videos, Stephens can be seen holding up his Beech Brook employee identification badge.

"I'm killing with my Beech Brook badge on too," he says.

Stephens also mentioned his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, in one of his Facebook posts. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night offering "our sincere and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families" affected by the shooting.

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Comment by Eddy on April 18, 2017 at 9:48am
Ayo Steve if you're reading this...stop killing random n!ggas. Kill white people
Comment by Pandaemonium on April 18, 2017 at 6:14am
On a situation like this i don't care the color of the person skin, they should be killed out right. Just like who they killed no mercy, no dignity, no respect. I'll volunteer to p*** on his grave too!!! These random killers need to be killed. True, i dont know the full story but i know enough to know the psychpath needs to be put down. If someone murdered your grandfather/father in cold blood, at random, and posted it on facebook don't dare say he deserve mercy and respect after he derespect your blood like this.
Comment by Conyac on April 17, 2017 at 7:48pm
Are people on here actually trying to justify his actions? Like he had to do this, I really do hope they're trolling but it wouldn't surprise me. He gambled everything away but he's the victim, okay then! Fuuuck off! Black, white, brown, yellow, green, purple or donald trump orange who cares what colour his skin is, stop making things about race when people kill randomly!
Comment by THA D0N on April 17, 2017 at 3:59pm
Do you white dudes get this amped when a white guy goes in full psychopath mode and kills people? (which has been happening all year)
Comment by Beloved Quinones on April 17, 2017 at 1:21pm
Lmao. Dude
Comment by Beloved Quinones on April 17, 2017 at 1:21pm
Whitey made him work instead of teaching him how to build his own business. That pushes a black man to kill in his innocent path. He is under the white mans spell. We all are.. Since u couldn't wait. Down with Whitey!!!
Comment by Bongo Jones on April 17, 2017 at 12:46pm
cant wait to hear about how this is white peoples fault, or how he wouldnt be in trouble if he was white or some such buillshit.
Comment by F***THEWORLD on April 17, 2017 at 12:09pm
So the killer is still loose? And what's up with black ppl and killing on Facebook?

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