Multi-state search targets suspect in Facebook video murder

The suspect, Steve Stephens, hasn't been seen since the Sunday afternoon shooting in Cleveland.

A manhunt is underway for a gunman accused of fatally shooting a man in OH while broadcasting the cold-blooded homicide on Facebook Live on Easter Sunday, police said.

Now, police are desperately hunting for the man who killed Godwin and uploaded the video on Facebook, while Godwin's friends and family are trying to make sense of the senseless death of the 74-year-old man.

Cleveland police caution residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and IN to be alert and on the lookout for 37-year-old Steve Stephens.

Godwin's daughter, Malisa Godwin, said: "It feels like my heart is going to stop". The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.

Police say Stephens shot and killed the man Sunday.

A daughter of the elderly Cleveland man shot and killed in a gruesome video posted on Facebook says he was a gentle person, with nothing mean about him. Stephens Facebook page also has been removed.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", the company said.

WKYC has edited the clip below from the original video posted on Facebook, but some users may still may find the edited footage hard to watch. "I haven't even looked at my cellphone or the news", Godwin Jr. said.

Stephen's mother Maggie Green said her son called her on April 15, telling her, " If you see me again, it'll be a miracle". The son said he believed his father was looking for cans on Sunday when Stephens approached him.

"We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now", Williams said, adding police knew of no other victims.

"Found me somebody I'm about to kill. We don't know why", Williams said.

Police would not disclose any more information, but they said she is safe.

"What happened today is senseless", said Williams.

An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, who is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder after posting the shaky video of himself confronting the elderly man - a father of nine and grandfather of 14 - holding a plastic bag.

Stephens began filming one of the videos while sitting in his auto.

Stephens is a member of the assertive community treatment team at Beech Brook, a mental health organization in northeast OH, a spokesperson for his employer said.

Stephens' Facebook posts and account have since been deleted. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night offering "our honest and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families" affected by the shooting.

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