Online visitors to Facebook were horrified to say the least after watching a man rant about his miserable life live on the social media platform and threatening to kill someone at random and as promised, he did just that.
On the online stream which was uploaded to Facebook moments after the audacious event, Steve Stephens, 37 seemed calm and even laughs about the pain and fear he knew he would cause the city.
His random victim was father of nine and grandfather of 14, Robert Godwin Jr. The 74 year old just happened to be walking past the white car of the crazed gunman about 2 p.m. on East 93rd Street, just south of Interstate 90 in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
He calmly said to someone on his cellphone, “I found somebody I’m about to kill. I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude too.”
Stephens filmed the shooting and posted it to his Facebook page which authorities deactivated hours after the murder took place, not until the video stream had been downloaded and shared on video streaming and sharing sites like YouTube and LiveLeak.
Stephens got out of the car and approached Godwin, saying, “Hey can you do me a favor?” and asked him to say his girlfriend’s name. Godwin appeared confused but said the woman’s name.
Stephens then pulled a handgun and pointed it at Godwin’s head, telling him that the woman is the reason why he was about to shoot him. Godwin’s hands went up to shield him and pleaded with Stephens, saying, “Look, I don’t know anybody by that name!”
Stephens fired one fatal shot at Godwin’s head, and he zooms in on Godwin’s bloody body on the sidewalk before walking back to his car and getting inside.
In a second video which was recorded after the slaying, Stephens is seen on the phone with an unidentified person. Stephens encourages him to go onto Facebook and watch the shooting.
He then told the person on the cellphone about why he shot Godwin, saying “I’m at the point where I snapped” and that no one ever took his problems seriously when he tried to talk them out.
“I shamed myself. I snapped, I snapped. I just snapped, I just killed 13 motherf******, man, I’m about to keep killing until they catch me, f*** it. I’m telling them to catch me.”
In the video, Stephens also mentions that he works for Beech Brook, a Cleveland organization that provides counseling services for youth. He was wearing his name badge in the videos that identified him as a Beech Brook employee.
He also takes a moment in the second video to blame the killings on his girlfriend, saying that he woke up on Friday and just decided that he had enough.
“Now I’m just massacring people,” Stephens said with a laugh.
Stephens is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if spotted. Anyone with information about Stephen’s whereabouts should immediately call 911.