Cleveland Man Randomly Shoots Elderly Man Dead in Video Posted to Facebook, Says He Is on Killing Spree

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Stephens uploaded the video of the shooting to Facebook after-the-fact, and did not broadcast it live as the Cleveland Police Department originally reported. Facebook later released a statement clarifying that the video was uploaded as opposed to live. 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A major manhunt is underway after a man in Cleveland, Ohio randomly shot and killed an elderly man on Sunday and then uploaded video footage of the murder to his Facebook page. He claims that he has killed 13 people just today and is “working on” 14.

“Found me somebody I’m going to kill: this guy right here, this old dude,” Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens, 37, proclaimed before he exited his vehicle on East 93rd Street.

He asked the 78-year-old man if he knew his girlfriend Joy Lane, and then announced, “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” before drawing a gun and shooting the man in the head. Stephens soon drove away, leaving the man for dead on the ground.

“Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified,” the Cleveland Police Department posted following the incident. Facebook later clarified that the video was uploaded after-the-fact.

Stephens is believed to be driving a white or cream-colored Ford Fusion SUV, and is 6’1, 244 pounds.

In another Facebook video, Stephens stated that he “just snapped” as he has a “lot of built-in anger and frustration,” and is going to “keep killing until they catch me.” However, in a written post, he stated that he is not going to stop until he receives a call from his mother and Lane.

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“Easter Day slaughter because of Joy Lane,” he wrote, advising his co-workers that he wouldn’t be showing up for work on Monday. “I’m sorry team, but I’m [too] far gone.”

In addition to relational problems, Stephens said that he had lost everything due to gambling, and stated that he was upset that his mother seemingly didn’t care when he explained his frustration and suicidal feelings.

“[P]eople would come to me with their problems. I would deal with my problems everyday,” he vented. “But when it comes to my problems, nobody gives a [expletive]. … 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.”

Stephens’ page has now been deactivated.

According to reports, the man works as a caseworker at Beech Brook, a children’s behavioral health agency in the city.

“We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly,” the organization said in a statement.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI is assisting in the investigation, as well as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Police are instructing Cleveland residents to call 9-1-1 if they spot Stephens.

“We have all of our partners in on this and we will look until we find him,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said during a press conference Sunday evening.

No other victims have been located as of press time.


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  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Nothing like technology and Facebook to bring out Total Depravity onto center stage. Ironic isn’t it that Facebook bans Christians for quoting Scripture on a Christian page but they let the God-haters post all manner of vile and vulgar stuff and this guy broadcast a murder.

    • bowie1

      According to the news that Facebook page has been taken down.

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        That’s good. But ya do gotta wonder why it takes a story like this hitting the news before they shut it down and yet a Christian posts Scripture on a Christian page and they get that post removed and banned in the process.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Facebook has never banned Christians for quoting Scripture on a Christian page.

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Yes they have.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Who? When?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Ever heard of someone called Elizabeth Johnson that goes by The Activist Mommy? She made national news because of it.

            Just more evidence that you enjoy heaping up Plato Awards.

            A wise man once said it is better to keep your mouth shut and not show your ignorance than open it and remove all doubt. You should work on your wisdom a bit.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

            Said it before, I’ll say it again, always appreciated when you and your ilk reveal yourselves for what you are and completely discredit yourself with your own comments.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            No, I have not heard of a woman named Elizabeth Johnson who was banned from Facebook for “quoting scripture.” I have, however, heard of a woman named Elizabeth JohnsTon, who quoted hateful passages from the Bible decrying gays, and who thereafter complained about Christian persecution long and loud to anyone who would listen.

            As it turned out, Facebook’s automatic algorithms temporarily shut her page down when she received a sufficient number of reports for her posts, without any human intervention whatsoever. When a living, breathing person at Facebook investigated, her account was restored.

            And you would know all of this if you would spend more time listening and less time congratulating yourself. Seriously, your arrogance is as astounding as it is infuriating.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            LOL. Thank you for proving your lie and your characterization of the Truth and according to you the definition of “hateful” is “a statement that Ambulance Chaser disagrees with.”

            “When a living, breathing person at Facebook investigated, her account was restored.” Another lie. It was only restored AFTER she, as you claim “complained about Christian persecution long and loud enough to anyone who would listen. And in that “anyone” was Facebook.

            And you would know all this if you would spend more time listening and less time whining and doing your best to fulfill the definition of a Troll. Would you like me to post that again along with Psychology Today’s diagnosis?

            Seriously, your arrogance, hate, and bigotry is astounding. Though, no doubt, you try your best, as all trolls do, to be infuriating it’s not working. 🙂

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Thank you for once again showing yourself to be a Liar and minion of Satan.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Thank you for once again showing that you don’t understand basic English. Specifically, the definition of a “lie” is not “a statement that Royce E. Van Blaricome disagrees with.”

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Thank you for once again showing that you don’t understand basic English. Specifically, the definition of a “lie” is:

            1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
            Synonyms: prevarication, falsification.
            Antonyms: truth.
            2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture:
            His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
            3. an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.

            A wise man once said it is better to keep your mouth shut and not show your ignorance than open it and remove all doubt. You should work on your wisdom a bit.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

            Evidently, it is readily apparent you aren’t taking working on your wisdom seriously.

  • Emily Crisp Pittman

    RIP, Mr. Godwin. Peace, love, and healing to his family.

  • Truthhurts24

    This guy allowed those demons to whisper in his ear to kill and he did it like a puppet on a string. Satan is fooling so many people these days because they do not believe he exists or his army. Even worse they do not even believe in Christ himself who died for their sins.