Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

The suspect who killed a grandfather in OH and posted a video of it on Facebook shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit by police in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

A manhunt is underway for a gunman who shot and killed a 74 year old and used Facebook to brag about killing up to 13 people. He shot himself in the head as the vehicle spun out of control, police said.

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon Monday night, four relatives of the victim, Robert Godwin Sr., said they don't want the suspect, Steve Stephens, to die, but to surrender. As police tried to stop him, Stephens' vehicle spun out of control.

His comments come two days after a series of videos by Steve Stephens shooting and killing of Robert Godwin Sr, 74 that was seen on Facebook Live and shared across the platform. Stephens's Facebook page was also eventually removed. "It was always good things", Lee said.

Stephens had worked since 2008 as a vocational specialist and youth mentor at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency located outside Cleveland.

"He could be nearby". Ultimately, the search ended 100 miles away in the city on Lake Erie. Authorities were planning a more thorough search when the Stephens was spotted.

In a statement, the social media platform said it would look for ways to make it easier for people to report such videos and speed up the process of reviewing items once they are reported.

Stephens filed for bankruptcy two years ago despite holding down a job as a counsellor helping young people develop job skills and find employment.

Police would not speculate on what was behind the killing, but in the video and other footage he posted, Stephens talked about losing everything he had to gambling and having trouble with his girlfriend. The Cleveland Police Department has confirmed the killing.

In the video, the suspect then points a gun at Godwin, who shields his face with the plastic bag. "He wasn't harming anyone".

Godwin was a father of 10 and grandfather of 14.

Dozens of family, friends and community members gathered this evening in Cleveland for a vigil to remember Godwin.

The motive for the shooting was not entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens told Mr Godwin a woman's name and said: "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

Seconds before the shooting, Stephens asked the victim to say the name of a woman believed to associated with the suspect.

Then, the gunman fires the weapon.

Joy Lane, Stephens' longtime partner, broke her silence about the shooting in a text message to CBS News.

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