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Suspect in murder live-streamed on Facebook shoots himself to death

Stephens killed Robert Godwin, a 74-year-old father of 10 and grandfather to 14, in an apparent case of random shooting as the victim walked home after an Easter lunch on Sunday.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2017 23:11 IST
Yashwant Raj
A man who identified himself as Steve Stephens is seen in a combination of stills from a video he broadcast of himself on Facebook in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. April 16, 2017.
A man who identified himself as Steve Stephens is seen in a combination of stills from a video he broadcast of himself on Facebook in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. April 16, 2017. (Reuters)

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

The suspect, Steve Stephens, had claimed to have killed 13 people and said he will kill more. But police had not found any evidence yet of his other killings.

Stephens killed Robert Godwin, a 74-year-old father of 10 and grandfather to 14, in an apparent case of random shooting as the victim walked home after an Easter lunch on Sunday.

“I snapped, I just snapped,” Stephens, a job counselor for teens and young adults, said in the video.

He had been on he run since, and there were no credible sighting of him since.

Police had announced a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.

According to a timeline released by Facebook, Stevens first posted a video of himself announcing his plan to kill some and two minutes later posted a video of himself shooting and killing Godwin.

A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed. Facebook disabled Steven’s account soon after it received complaints about the video. “As a result of this terrible series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible,” Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice-president for global operations, said in a statement.