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Facebook Live killing: broadcast of shooting sparks US hunt for suspect

Cleveland police search for Steve Stephens who they say broadcast video on Sunday in which he claims other killings

Police in the US are searching for a suspect who they said broadcast himself killing a man on Facebook Live and who claimed to have killed others.

The Cleveland division of police said on Sunday it was looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the shooting of 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr in the citys Glenville neighbourhood. Police said Stephens was armed and dangerous.

Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified, the police said in a statement, referring to Facebooks live-streaming video service.

The video of the attack was on Facebook for about three hours before being removed.

Officers believe Stephens, who worked for a behavioural health agency, might be driving a white or cream-coloured sports utility vehicle.

In January, four people in Chicago were accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled man and broadcasting the attack on Facebook Live while shouting fuck Donald Trump and fuck white people.

A month later, the accused pleaded not guilty to assaulting the victim.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/17/facebook-live-killing-cleveland-hunt-suspect

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