Police across five states search for suspect in fatal shooting shown on Facebook

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Law enforcement authorities waged a multistate manhunt on Monday as they combed their cities and towns for signs of a man who posted a video of a fatal shooting in Cleveland on Facebook.

The search, fueled by rumor and speculation on social media, had stretched to Philadelphia by Monday afternoon. Police there confirmed that they had received multiple calls stating that the wanted man, Steve Stephens, had been seen at the Belmont Plateau park area in the western part of the city.

In a statement, authorities in Philadelphia said that so far, there was "no indication" that the suspect was actually at the plateau, but police were searching the area; school police locked down eight nearby elementary schools and one high school as a precaution, authorities said.

At an earlier news conference, officials in Cleveland said they did not know the whereabouts of Stephens, 37, who was being sought in what they said was a random shooting of Robert Godwin Sr., 74. (Police initially identified him as Robert Goodwin Sr.)

A warrant for Stephens for a charge of aggravated murder has been issued, and police asked residents of Indiana, Michigan, New York, northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania to be on alert. Stephens said in a video on Sunday that he had killed multiple people, but police said there was only one known victim.

Chief Calvin D. Williams of the Cleveland Police Department said detectives have been "unceasingly" pursuing leads since the shooting took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"We're still asking Steve to turn himself in and, if he doesn't, we'll find him," the chief said.

In the minute-long shooting video, a driver pulls up to an older man on a sidewalk. The driver asks the man to say a person's name, then pulls out a gun and shoots him.

Police originally said that Stephens broadcast the shooting on Facebook Live, but Facebook said that while he had posted a live video at some point Sunday, the shooting itself was not live.

Stephens blamed his actions on his mother and an ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane, who in a statement said she was sorry "that all of this has happened," television station Cleveland19 reported.


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