UPDATE: Facebook Killer Found Dead in Pennsylvania
[UPDATE: April 18, 2017 11:05 AM]
Pennsylvania State Police confirm that Facebook Killer, Steve Stephens, killed himself in a parked car after a short pursuit with police.
Original story posted below.
Police in Cleveland are conducting a state-wide search for a murder suspect who posted a video of the killing on Facebook Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. local time.
The suspect was identified as Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old man who is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Police were notified of Stephens’ crime when several people reported a disturbing video on Facebook. Witnesses say the video shows Stephens coming into contact with Robert Goodwin, a 74-year-old who was returning home from an Easter meal with his children. The video shows Stephens aiming the gun at Godwin and then firing. Godwin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police began a search of Cleveland for Stephens, who they believe was driving at white Ford Fusion at the time of the shooting.
More than 300 tips were called in to 911 informing police that Stephens was streaming his thoughts live on Facebook and posting status updates about his crimes. In one Facebook post, Stephens confessed to killing 12 to 13 people, but police have yet to confirm more than one murder.
As of Sunday night, authorities believe Stephens was making his way out of Cleveland as his cell phone pinged a tower about 100 miles east of the city. Police say he could be in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or Michigan.
There have been no confirmed sightings of Stephens since Sunday afternoon.
The Facebook video was shared widely over social media on Sunday, prompting many people living in Cleveland to respond by asking others in the city to evacuate the streets, as a “man is shooting random people.”
Video from Cleveland on Sunday afternoon showed ghost-like streets with only law enforcement seen.