Police said suspect Steve Stephens who shot the 74-year-old man Robert Goodwin and stream it live online is still on the run. Cleveland police identified the victim in a homicide posted Sunday on Facebook.
The suspect who posted video of a live stream killing to Facebook was urged by Cleveland police to turn himself in to authorities.
During a manhunt for the suspect Steve Stephens, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told the reporters that, “we need to bring this to a conclusion today”.
“There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight,” Williams added.
Stephens didn’t know the elderly victim he killed around 2 p.m., before a manhunt began, according to Cleveland authorities, who did not release a motive.
According to police, Stephens also claimed to have committed multiple homicides. “Currently there are no other victims that we know of”, Williams said.
Police, along with the FBI, continue to hunt Steve Stephens who is described as:
- 6’1″ 244 lbs
- Bald with a full beard
- Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
- Driving a white or cream-colored SUV.
The police said: “He is considered armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1, do not approach the suspect.”
“Police and EMS are swarming the Cleveland State area, take precautions and do not approach Stephens.”
“What happened today is senseless and if Steve has an issue, he needs to talk to some folks to get that resolved,” Williams said.
Police referred to the victim by the last name of Goodwin, but did not give a full identification. “From what we can tell now, it’s just a random person that he picked out. We don’t know why”, Williams added.
Maggie Green who is Stephens’ mother told CNN she had spoken to her son on Sunday and he told her that he was “mad with his girlfriend that’s why he is shooting people and he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tells him to stop.”
She told her son to stop, Green said. She was upset and cannot believe this happened, she added.
According to a spokeswoman in the facility, Stephens is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeast Ohio that serves children, teenagers and families.
Nancy Kortemeyer, a spokeswoman for Beech Brook said, “We are shocked and horrified like everyone else”. “To think that one of our employees could do this is awful.”
Kortemeyer could not provide any details on the length of Stephens’ employment at Beech Brook, or his specific job title.
The hunt for Stephens caused some alarm. Cleveland State University issued an alert on social media.