A multi-state manhunt is underway after cops in Ohio say a man gunned down a 74-year-old grandfather before uploading video of the murder to Facebook.
Cleveland cops have issued an aggravated murder warrant for the arrest of Steve Stephens, who allegedly walked up to Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday and demanded the victim say a woman's name.
"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you," the shooter says in the video, according to multiple reports. A handgun then fires and Godwin is shot in the head.
Cops say the shooter, who fled the scene of the shooting, purports to have killed more than a dozen others in what he called an "Easter day slaughter."
Video of the shooting was uploaded to Facebook at about 2 p.m., not broadcast live as was originally reported, according to a Facebook spokesperson.
In a press conference where officials said alerts have been sent across multiple states, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was confident Stephens would be apprehended soon and cast doubt on the reported claims there were additional victims.
"There are no other victims that we know of," Williams said.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson also addressed the tragedy.
"Steve Stephens killed an elderly gentleman; I personally give my condolences to the family of the victim," Jackson said. "We know who Steve Stephens is and he will be eventually caught. He need not to do anymore harm to any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he's having, we're here to have a conversation."
Stephens is described as a 6-foot-1 inch man weighing 244 pounds and bald man with a full beard. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt. Authorities say he may be driving a white Ford Fusion with a temp tag.
In a second press conference held Monday, Chief Williams told reporters that Stephens' whereabouts remained unknown. He is considered armed and dangerous.
The chief also touched on the woman who they say Stephens named in the video. That woman, Williams said, is safe, but he was unable to disclose her location.
That woman, Joy Lane, gave her condolences to the family of the victim in a text message to CBS News.
"We had been in a relationship for several years," she wrote. "I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s).
"Steve really is a nice guy... he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family. Please respect our privacy at this time."
At least one person identifying himself as family of the victim also asked for privacy as video of Godwin's shooting continued to spread across social media, even after Facebook took it down.
Godwin was reportedly a grandfather of 14.
"Please please please stop retweeting that video and report anyone who has posted it!" Ryan Godwin tweeted Sunday. "That is my grandfather show some respect
#Cleveland. If you guys are going to exploit my grandfather's legacy for some retweets at least honor him by getting his name right GOD-WIN not Goodwin."
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