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Apr 17 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Law enforcement officials were searching the Cleveland area and beyond for Steve Stephens, the suspect who police said walked up to an elderly man and shot him while on video, said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
Police said Stephens should be considered armed and risky.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson said: "Steve Stephens killed an elderly gentleman".
Cleveland police have identified the homicide victim from the video as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.
An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for Stephens.
In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout for Stephens, who they said may have traveled out of state.
Officials in the OH city said they were looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the one confirmed killing but had found no evidence to support what police said was a claim he made in the video of having killed more than a dozen other people.
The incident took place on East 93 Street just south of the Interstate 90 in the city's Glenville neighborhood, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.
In the video, Godwin is seen walking alone on a sidewalk, wearing a blue plaid shirt and holding a grocery bag. Stephens says the name of a woman, whom Godwin does not seem to recognise. Goodwin can be seen shielding his face with the shopping bag.
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Stephens claimed he "snapped" over a woman, and said he would continue to kill people until she called him or he was caught. It was previously recorded and then uploaded to Facebook by Stephens, according to a Facebook spokesperson. The video was up for about three hours before being removed.
"Like I said I killed 13 so I'm working on 14 as we speak", Stephens said in the video.
Police say Steve Stephens shot Godwin on Sunday afternoon.
Stephens is 6-feet 1-inch tall, weighs about 240 pounds and has a full beard.
This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens.
"There are no more victims that we know are tied to him", he added.
Stephens is believed to be driving a white or cream coloured SUV. No part of the city is on lockdown, but anyone who comes into contact with Stephens is urged to call 911 and to not approach him because "he is considered armed and unsafe", the chief said.
"We have all of our partners in on this, and we'll look until we find him", Williams said.
Police said Stephens should be considered armed and risky. None of the 40 people who watched the video live reported the assault to police, authorities said.