Cleveland police confirmed that they are hunting a man who live streamed as he killed someone, and has claimed to have killed more.
Steve Stephens is said to be on the loose in the Ohio city after he allegedly recorded the shocking act on social media at around 3pm Eastern Time on Easter Sunday.
The horrifying video, which police say is real, shows him driving up to an elderly man in the street and opening fire.
He claims to have killed 15 people on Sunday, but only one death has been confirmed.
Stephens, who works a mental health care manager, also wrote that he ‘messed up’ in postings on social media, and blamed the shooting on a woman, believed to be his ex-partner.
He wrote in a Facebook post that the woman is Joy Lane, and that he would only stop if she or his mother called him. Lane is said to be an Air Force veteran, and he said that the two dated for three years, and he wishes he’d never met her.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that the video posted to Facebook Live showing an elderly man being shot is legitimate.
He is 6ft and is said to weight 240lbs. He is bald with a full beard. He is wearing a dark blue, and gray or black striped polo shirt.
Police say he is driving around in a White Ford Fusion with temporary tags and is considered armed and dangerous.
Cleveland State University has issued a shelter in place, a campus spokesman said. The Cleveland Clinic is also on lockdown now because of the shooter.
Stephens’s Facebook and all posts have since been taken down. The video of the shooting was on his page for three hours.
Earlier on Sunday, Stephens blamed casinos and his lack of self control for the ‘Easter Sunday massacre’ in Cleveland.
Though only one of the murders has been confirmed by police, he claims to have killed at least 14 others, and a woman online claims that he killed a two-year-old as well.
In the original Facebook post that has since been removed, he said: ‘Easter day slaughter because of joy lane,’ and ‘I killed 12 people and I won’t stop unit my mother and joy lane call me.’ The woman named is believed to be his ex-partner.
Later on he claimed to have killed three more people, and said that the bodies were in an abandoned house.
In the live video, he pulls up to an elderly man in his car and says: ‘Finally found somebody I’m going to Kill, I’m going to go kill this old dude.’
He then gets out and walks up to the man. The two exchange a few words and the elderly man looks to be trying to shield himself. Stephens then lifts his gun and shoots him.