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Phila. schools on lockdown, reports of sightings of Facebook killing suspect

18 April 2017
Phila. schools on lockdown, reports of sightings of Facebook killing suspect

Steve Stephens worked with troubled youth for almost a decade before police say he gunned down a random man in Cleveland Sunday afternoon and broadcasted the killing on Facebook, according to his employer.

Detectives late Sunday obtained a warrant charging Stephens with aggravated murder in the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

Stephens is believed to be armed and unsafe, police said.

The Cleveland Division of Police said it was looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the killing of an individual in the city, whom police did not identify.

After he spotted the man he's accused of killing, he said: "I found somebody I am about to kill".

Police say Steve Stephens shot Godwin on Sunday afternoon.

Nancy Kortemeyer, a Beech Brook spokeswoman, said in a statement: "We were shocked and horrified to learn of this news today".

"Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation", Jackson said.

In the video, apparently recorded by the suspect, Steve Stephens, a person is getting out of a vehicle in a residential area and says, "Here's somebody I'm about to kill".

They're urging people in the nearby states of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout, and warned Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe. They spoke the next day, she said, and he told her he was shooting people because he was angry with his girlfriend. In his last video, Stephen said he "snapped" and will continue killing until he is caught.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", a Facebook spokesperson told Buzzfeed.

And nine schools were locked down Monday in Philadelphia, a more than six-hour drive from Cleveland, as police investigated possible sightings of Stephens. "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", a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. In one of the videos he is seen holding up his Beech Brook identification badge. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night offering "our honest and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families" affected by the shooting. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim (s).

Description: Police described Stephens as a 6-foot-1, 244-pound black man with a bald head and full beard.

Police have been searching for the suspect since early Sunday evening, and he is believed to be driving a white Ford Fusion bearing the temporary tag of E36363.

The FBI and other agencies are assisting in the investigation.