Cleveland Police say Steve Stephens, 37, killed Robert Godwin Sr., 74, on E. 93rd Street in Cleveland around 2 p.m. Sunday. In the Facebook Live video, Stephens says he has also killed more than a dozen other people.
The elderly man who was shot and killed Sunday in a Facebook video has been identified. The suspect did broadcast another video on Facebook Live at one point, the spokesperson said.
Buzzfeed, which originally covered the incident, reports that the video of the murder shows Stephens exiting his vehicle and saying, "I found somebody I'm about to kill".
Investigators say he claimed to have committed other homicides as well, but police have not verified that, or have found any other victims.
To urge the importance of only following accurate updates, Cleveland police issued a warning on Twitter late Sunday stating "misinformation in emergencies is unsafe".
The FBI said it was assisting in the investigation.
After initially searching OH for Steve Stephens, authorities are now urging residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the look out for the 37-year-old suspect, according to CNN. They're warning residents in the nearby states of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and NY to be on alert.
"What happened today is senseless", said Williams.
Williams stressed that investigators don't know where Stephens is and said his last known location was at the scene of the Cleveland slaying.
A horrific and brutal crime tailored to the reality that we all live in now, a world where social media allows people to broadcast their every move in real time.
"We're in touch with a lot of Steve's family members and friends, and they're all trying to do the same thing: trying to get him to turn himself in".
News 5 obtained the videos before Stephens' Facebook page was taken down.
Stephens began filming one of the videos while sitting in his vehicle.
Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer said Sunday that news of the shooting shocked and horrified the agency. They've described him as being a bald, black man with a full beard, standing 6 foot 1 inch and weighing 240 pounds. "We called him the junk man", she said.
"We're not gonna stop until he's in custody", Williams said.
They also said that they never knew Stephens was capable of committing such bad acts, and urged him to turn himself in.
Stephens is a 6'1 Black male, 244 pounds, has a full beard and is driving a new white Ford Fusion with OH temporary tags. "I'm not just saying that for these cameras".
Family told WOIO he had just left an Easter celebration.
A mid-February killing of three in Chicago that was caught on camera by a woman broadcasting herself at the time of the shooting.
"We're still asking Steve to turn himself in", said Williams.