Police in Ohio are still on the hunt for a man who murdered an elderly gentleman while on Facebook Live.
Steve Stephens is accused of logging on to the social media app, going live and hunting through the city of Cleveland, looking for someone to kill. With cell phone in hand, Stephens allegedly spotted 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., approached him and senselessly shot him at close range.
Unfortunately, Stephens is still on the loose.
On Monday morning, Police Chief Calvin Williams said, “We don’t want people to panic. So far, there has been one fatality, one homicide. We are still asking Steve to turn himself in, but if he doesn’t, we will find him.”
While on FB, Steve stated that he had killed 15 people, but police have only confirmed one death. Stephens also claimed that a bitter breakup with his ex, Joy Lane, was the reason for what he called the “Easter Day Slaughter.” In addition to being upset about his love life, Stephens also claimed he “lost everything” due to his gambling habit.
Steve Stephens is a 6-foot 1-inch African-American man reportedly driving a white, late-model Ford Fusion with temporary Ohio tags. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Stephens, authorities ask that you please contact the Cleveland police.
An aggravated murder warrant had been issued for Stephens and a warning for residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on alert.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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