Murder, live on Facebook: Man claims 15 victims

Murder, live on Facebook: Man claims 15 victims

Images taken from the live video Steve Stephens broadcast on Facebook Live. (via Reuters)

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Police urged a suspect who they said broadcast video of himself on Facebook Live killing an elderly man on Sunday to turn himself in to authorities.

Facebook released a statement condemning the killing of a Cleveland man that police say was carried out live on the social media site.

The company on Sunday called it a “horrific crime,” and claimed that it works hard to “keep a safe environment on Facebook”.

Officials in the Ohio city said they were looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the one confirmed killing but had found no evidence to support what police said was a claim he made in the video of having killed more than a dozen other people.

“Everybody is out there looking for Steve,” Calvin Williams, the Cleveland police chief, told a news conference, where he joined Mayor Frank Jackson in asking Stephens to turn himself in.

“We want this to end with as much peace we can bring to this right now,” Williams said, adding police knew of no other victims.

Police said Stephens used Facebook Inc’s live-streaming video service, called Facebook Live, to broadcast the killing of the man.

They said Stephens might be driving a white or cream-coloured sport utility vehicle, and that he was armed and dangerous.

In January, four black people in Chicago were accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled white man and broadcasting the assault on Facebook Live while making anti-white racial taunts.

A month later, the suspects pleaded not guilty to assaulting the man.

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