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This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Cleveland police say they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect who broadcast the fatal shooting of another man live on Facebook on Sunday, April 16, 2017. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Manhunt underway for man who livestreamed homicide

CLEVELAND — A manhunt is underway for a suspect that police say killed a man while streaming the homicide live on Facebook.

 

Law enforcement is searching the Cleveland area and beyond for Steve Stephens, the suspect police say walked up to an elderly man and shot him while on video, said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

 

Williams urged Stephens publicly to turn himself into police and not to "do anymore harm to anybody."

 

"Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation," Williams said.

 

In the video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people. Williams said police have not verified that information.

 

"There are no more victims that we know are tied to him," he added.

 

The chief also said they've been talking with Stephens' friends and family.

 

"What happened today was senseless," Williams said.

 

Authorities say Stephens broadcast the video live on the social media network Sunday afternoon. It was up for about three hours before it was removed. Stephens Facebook page has also been removed.

 

Police say Stephens should be considered armed and dangerous. No information about the victim has been released.

 

Williams said Stephens may be driving a newer model white Ford Fusion. He is described as a black man with a bald head and beard, standing 6 foot 1 inch and weighing 240 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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