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Cleveland Facebook Live murder suspect was ‘mad at girlfriend’ before shooting: Report

Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-16 22:24:50-04

CLEVELAND — The mother of a man on the run from police following a Facebook Live murder says the suspect began shooting because he was mad at his girlfriend.

Maggie Green told CNN when she spoke to her son, Steve Stephens, Sunday afternoon, he was angry with his girlfriend.

Stephens told Green he was "mad with his girlfriend that's why he is shooting people and he won't stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop."

Green said she told her son to stop shooting.

Police say Stephens live streamed a fatal shooting on his Facebook page. He also allegedly claimed to have killed other people.

"There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight,"Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday.

Stephens didn't know the elderly victim he killed around 2 p.m., before a manhunt began, according to Cleveland authorities, who did not release a motive.

Williams said the incident seems to be random.

The victim was later identified as Robert Goodwin, 74.

Police say there are no other victims that they know of. No additional victims have been found as police search through surrounding areas.

Stephens is described as being 6-foot-1 and weighing 244 pounds. He was last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates.

"What happened today is senseless and if Steve has an issue, he needs to talk to some folks to get that resolved," Williams said.

Stephens is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeast Ohio that serves children, teenagers and families, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.

"We are shocked and horrified like everyone else," said Nancy Kortemeyer, a spokeswoman for Beech Brook. "To think that one of our employees could do this is awful."

Facebook released a statement Sunday regarding the death saying:

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. 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.”

Stephens is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is urged to not approach him, but to call police instead.

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CNN contributed to this report.