Cleveland police were searching Sunday for a man who they said killed an elderly man on Facebook and bragged about having committed many other homicides.
The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, police said after the homicide in northeast Cleveland near the Lake District. Police said Sunday that the man “broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified.” “There are no other victims that we know of,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference.
Authorities said the killing of the one confirmed victim, Robert Goodwin, 74, appeared to be random. “It’s senseless,” Williams said. There had been no sighting of Stephens since the killing at 2 p.m., Williams said, and it wasn’t clear whether he was still in Cleveland. Earlier, students at Cleveland State University, near downtown, were told to shelter in place or stay away from the school. Williams said alerts had been sent out across the state, and Gov. John Kasich promised the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s help.