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Facebook Live killing: ‘Easter day slaughter’

The Cleveland police hunting Steve Stephens who shot and killed an elderly man on Easter Sunday and broadcast himself on Facebook.

Police said Steve Stephens murdered 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. at around 2 pm in a fury over gambling debts and a break-up with his girlfriend and claims to have slaughtered 14 more.

“Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified,” the police said in a statement, referring to Facebook’s live-streaming video service.

Video of the killing, captioned “Easter day slaughter,” was posted Sunday afternoon for about three hours before being taken down. In the video, Stephens said he “snapped” over a woman.

Stephens later posted another video of himself talking on the phone about at least 13 other murders he claimed to have committed.”And I’m about to keep killing until they catch me,” Stephens said.

Despite the suspect’s claims, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said that Stephens has not been connected to any other murders apart from Sunday’s shooting in the Glenville neighborhood, east of downtown.

“We need Steve to turn himself in,” said Williams, who told reporters that investigators have sifted through “hundreds of leads” since the murder. “We need to bring this to a conclusion today.”

The video of the attack was on Facebook for about three hours before being removed.

The man, named Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, according to a Cleveland Police Department statement. He was last seen wearing a dark, striped polo shirt. Stephens is believed to be driving a recently purchased white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag that may have been switched out, Cleveland police said.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” a spokesperson for the social media giant said in a statement. “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.”

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