A gunman fatally shot an elderly man at random, broadcasting, and has claimed to have killed several other people on Easter Sunday, Cleveland Police say.
Steve Stephens, who goes by Stevie Steve on Facebook, is wanted for homicide, Cleveland Police Only one shooting, which was broadcast on Facebook, has been confirmed, police said.
The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street, police said.
The city has been on high alert for the past two hours, with police swarming several areas and putting lockdowns in place.
“Cleveland stay inside and be safe,” one person wrote on Twitter.
This story is still developing Here’s what we know so far:
1. ‘Found Me Somebody I’m Going to Kill, This Guy Right Here, This Old Dude’
Cleveland Police have confirmed that a video posted to Facebook Live showing an elderly man being shot is legitimate. The video was posted Sunday by a Facebook user going by the name “Stevie Steve,” who has been identified by police as Steve Stephens.
You can watch the video below (warning: very graphic)
Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down.
In the shocking video, Stephens can be seen driving down the road and he says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude,” before exiting his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him, asking how old he is before pulling out a gun.
The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once, hitting the man in the head.
The video shows the man on the ground, bleeding as Stephens walks back to his SUV and drives off.
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2. He Has Claimed on Facebook to Have Killed 15 People in an ‘Easter Day Slaughter’
In another Facebook post, Stephens said he has killed 15 people. He had been posting on Facebook for at least four hours before his page was taken down.
His first post called the shootings an “Easter day slaughter.” In that post, he claimed to have killed 12 people, and said he “won’t stop” until his mother and another woman call him.
“I’m the #goodguy,” he wrote.
In later posts, he claimed to have killed three more people. He wrote that many of the bodies were in an abandoned house.
Cleveland Police said in a press release that only one homicide has been confirmed.
“This shit is real,” he wrote on Facebook.
In another video he says he has “snapped” and has a “lot of built in anger and frustration,” telling the man on the other line he has killed a couple people. You can watch the video below:
“I snapped, dog, I just snapped,” he tells the man on the phone, saying he shamed his fraternity with his actions. “I just killed 13 motherf*ckers man. That’s what I did, I killed 13 people and I’m about to keep killing until they catch me. F*ck it.”
In another video, he says, “The people I’m going to kill today, it’s Easter Sunday, it’s not my first. I’ve got a few people that’s over here off this street … it’s an abandoned house, I kind of lost count. I didn’t keep score. But I’m going to keep score today. I’m bout to have me some fun, I guess.”
He also claims he is going to randomly shoot “Greeks” in the head until he gets caught.
“The vengeance is about to happen,” he says.
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3. He Has Blamed the Shootings on a Woman & Wrote on Facebook That He Lost All His Money Gambling at Casinos Over the Past Year
On Facebook, Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman, who appears to have been his girlfriend. He wrote, “three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.”
In the video showing him shooting an elderly man, he asks him to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before shooting him.
“She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” he says. He recorded a Facebook Live video outside her workplace:
He says in the video she “drove him crazy.” They were supposed to be married, he said. He also says in the video “we are all human and we all have breaking points.”
Stephens also says in the video that he went to talk to his mother, but she didn’t care when he told her he was feeling suicidal and homicidal. He said he blames her for driving him to kill along with his ex-girlfriend.
“Didn’t care, it don’t matter, people would come to me with their problems, I would deal with my problems everyday,” Stephens says. “But when it comes to my problems, nobody gives a f*ck. It’s like I’m always the bad guy, no matter what the f*ck I do, people always making it out on me…. Innocent people about to die today. Hopefully I’m going to try and kill as many people as I can and be on death row or whatever the case may be. I just don’t give a f*ck no more. I’m beat, I’m tired, you know.
In another post he wrote about issues he’s had over the past year.
“I lost everything I ever had due to gambling,” he wrote. “I do not go into details but I’m a (sic) my breaking point I’m really on some murder shit. … FB you have 4 minutes to tell me why I shouldn’t be on death row!!! I’m dead serious. #teamdeathrow.”
In a video, he tells the camera, “I’m 37 and all my f*cking life I’ve just always been a f*cking monster, man. Always had to prove myself, always had to take the butts of people’s jokes.”
“I’m killing motherf*ckrs, all because of this bitch… She’s putting me at my pushing point,” he says. “I was living over there with her, I woke up Friday and I just couldn’t take it anymore, I just left. Here I am, massacring motherf*ckers. Today is the Easter Day (girlfriend’s name) massacre.”
In another post he wrote, “tell Jim I’m calling off tomorrow.”
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4. Stephens, a Case Manager at a Children’s Mental Health Facility, Has Several Videos on His Facebook Page Showing Him at Gun Ranges
In previous Facebook posts, Stephens has talked about going to the gun range and being a good shooter. He has posted several videos showing him at the gun range for target practice.
You can watch the videos above and below:
It is not clear if he is armed with any weapons besides the handgun seen in the Facebook Live shooting video.
It is not known if Stephens has a criminal record or history of violence or mental health issues.
Online records show he has received several traffic violations in Ohio, dating back to 2001, but no criminal charges have been found.
In a video, Stephens says that he is a case manager , a children’s mental health facility.
“For 165 years, Beech Brook has been serving Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable children. Today, as a leading behavioral health agency, Beech Brook will serve more than 18,000 children and families this year,” the facility’s website says. “Beech Brook touches the lives of children, teens and families through an array of services ranging from prevention, education and early intervention to community-based programming to strengthen and support youth and families.”
In one of his videos, Stephens blamed his workplace for driving him to kill people.
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5. Stephens Is Considered Armed & Dangerous & Police Have Warned the Public to Not Approach Him
Cleveland Police said in a Facebook post that Steve Stephens is 6’1 and weighs 244 pounds, with a bald head and a full beard, wearing dark blue and grey or a black striped polo shirt. He is driving a white or cream colored SUV. He is 37.
“Armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1. Do not approach,” police said.
The Cleveland Clinic was put on lockdown because of Stephens,
Cleveland State University has also issued an alert saying those on campus should shelter in place:
“Cleveland Police are searching for a murder suspect last seen south of Interstate 90 in the area of E93rd,” the university “Shelter in place on campus or stay away from campus.”
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