Manhunt for Cleveland Murderer Continues

Cleveland Homicide Suspect On The Loose After Broadcasting Killing On Facebook Live Police

Before he approached Godwin, the shooter is heard on the video saying, "I'm about to kill this guy right here". I hate he's gone.

Police said Stephens used Facebook Inc's service to post video of him killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr, who is seen standing on a sidewalk carrying a plastic shopping bag as the suspect gets out of his vehicle and approaches him from the street.

That's what he was doing Sunday in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood, a shopping bag in his hand.

In the shooting video, Stephens told Godwin a woman's name and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

Joy Lane says Monday she had a relationship for several years with Stephens, now the target of a nationwide manhunt for the Easter slaying. "He's an old dude".

He asked Mr Godwin how old he was, then raised a gun and pulled the trigger. "We're not going to stop until we find him". Godwin recoils and falls to the ground.

"Nearly three hours on the internet is an eternity", Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at Dartmouth College told the Daily News.

The video was later removed by Facebook, but it was still being widely shared online early Monday.

The manhunt spread across the region within a few hours after the homicide, with authorities on the alert for Stephens in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI.

Police reported getting dozens and dozens of tips, and nine schools in Philadelphia were locked down Monday while authorities investigated possible sightings of Stephens. The mother knew that Stephens was upset with his girlfriend, but had no idea of the magnitude of the situation.

"It's unbelievable how performative people are in their cruelty", said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor who has worked with Facebook and other tech companies to block "revenge porn" and prevent cyberstalking.

Since Facebook launched livestreaming, first with celebrities in late 2015 and then to the general public, there have been so many live suicides broadcast that the company chose to create a set of tools for users to flag them and alert law enforcement, a tacit acknowledgment of its gatekeeper responsibilities.

Stephens's mother told CNN she called him on Sunday after learning about the video, and he told her he was shooting people because he was "mad with his girlfriend".

Cleveland police initially made contact with Stephens after the incident, but attempts to reconnect with him have failed.

While the manhunt goes on, Godwin's family is just starting the grieving process. Only Steve knows that.

Lane, in a text message to CBS News commenting on the shooting, said she was "sorry that all of this has happened".

Williams said his department and federal agents have searched dozens of locations around Cleveland and have yet to locate Stephens.

Law enforcement officials said that the last place his cellphone signal was tracked was in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Cleveland, on Sunday afternoon.

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