NOTE: Raw Video of shooting has been removed out of respect for the family.
A man who allegedly killed an elderly father after he had enjoyed an Easter meal with his children — then posted a video of the killing on Facebook — is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt, Cleveland police said.
Suspect Steve Stephens, 37, stands charged with Sunday’s aggravated murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, and Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said law enforcement nationwide are on high alert.
The investigation and search for Stephens began Sunday after several people reported an alarming Facebook post, Cleveland police union president Steve Loomis said.
Stephens uploaded a video to his Facebook page showing a gun pointed at a man’s head. Stephens fires the weapon. The victim recoils and falls to the ground.
The video was posted around 2 p.m. Sunday. Facebook later took it down, calling it prohibited content.
“We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
Stephens claimed on Facebook that he committed multiple homicides, but police said they had no knowledge of other victims as of 9 a.m. ET Monday.
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