Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Search widens for Facebook murder suspect

Search widens for Facebook murder suspect

"Only Steve knows that", Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said as authorities posted a $50,000 reward for Stephens' capture in the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old former foundry worker.

But Stephens remained at large as the hunt for him expanded nationwide, police said.

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his vehicle and appears to randomly target Godwin, 74, who is holding a plastic shopping bag.

Seconds before the shooting, Stephens asked the victim to say the name of a woman believed to associated with the suspect.

He carried a white plastic bag that could rattle with cans - a bag he vainly tried to use as a shield when a stranger pulled out a gun on a sunny city sidewalk and ended his life.

The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.

The video of the shooting was first reported at 12:59 p.m., his videos were taken down and his account was disabled at 1:22 p.m., according to Facebook.

Facebook didn't receive a report about the first video and only learned of the clip that showed the shooting one hour and 45 minutes after it was published, Osofsky added. It's also exploring technologies like artificial intelligence to help prevent these videos from being shared in their entirety.

Godwin was the father of nine children and grandfather of 14, his son, Robert Godwin Jr., told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"No, I'm not going to watch it", Debbie Godwin said.

"One thing I do want to say is I forgive him". "My father was such an honest man that didn't drink, didn't smoke, no crime; he was just picking up cans [when he was shot]". Philadelphia schools were put on lockdown earlier in the day as authorities investigated reported sightings of Stephens in a nearby area, though they said there had been no evidence that Stephens was in the vicinity. Police said Steve Stephens killed Godwin on Sunday and posted the video on Facebook.

Police said he may be outside OH and they're warning residents of Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York and MI to be "on alert".

"To be honest, we've interviewed several people involved in this and I don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it happening", Williams said.

The suspect in the random Facebook shooting death of an elderly Cleveland man over the weekend worked with young people for years at a behavioral health agency in Pepper Pike, before disappearing Sunday afternoon.

"We are shocked and horrified like everyone else", said Nancy Kortemeyer.

In his broadcast, Stevens displayed his Beech Brook badge.

"I'm killing with my Beech Brook badge on too", he says. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night.

They said Stephens and Godwin didn't know each other.

As Cleveland police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were searching for Stephens, more than 300 tips poured into the department, police said.

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