$50,000 reward announced in search for Facebook killing suspect Steve Stephens

Last Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:40 PM EDT

The search for Steve Stephens, the man suspected of shooting and killing a 74-year-old man Sunday in Cleveland and then posting the video to Facebook, is now a nationwide manhunt, officials said Monday afternoon.

  • Suspect ID'd as 37-year-old Steve Stephens
  • Police: He shot and killed man, posted video on Facebook
  • FBI has been called in to investigation shooting, join manhunt

Cleveland Police said the 37-year-old Stephens, a job counselor for teenagers and young adults, uploaded a video to Facebook that showed him walk up to Robert Godwin Sr. at about 2 p.m. while he was collecting aluminum cans.

Stevens pointed a gun at Godwin's head, said a few sentences and then pulled the trigger.

The Cleveland Police Department announced at about 3:15 p.m. Monday that there's a reward of up to $50,000 for information the leads to the arrest of Stevens.

Godwin was out picking up cans in a plastic shopping bag, his daughter told the Associated Press.

"Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did," said 52-year-old Debbie Godwin. "That's all he was doing. He wasn't harming anyone."

She said her father, who had 10 children, was a gentle man with nothing mean about him. "We called him the junk man," she said. "He'd pick up things off the street and fix them. He picked up bikes and he fixed them."

The motive for the shooting wasn't entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens told Godwin a woman's name and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you." Godwin did not seem to recognize the woman's name.

The suspect then pointed a gun at Godwin, who shielded his face with the plastic bag.

The woman Stephens mentioned, Joy Lane, said in a text to CBS that "we had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened."

Facebook said the video was posted after the killing but wasn't broadcast on Facebook Live as police initially indicated. The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.

The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was taken down. Stephens' Facebook page also was eventually removed.

Investigators said that Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect's claim in a separate video on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people.

The Cleveland Police Department has been spreading pictures of him and his car.

Authorities also warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be alert for Stephens, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.

Williams said Stephens may be driving a newer-model white Ford Fusion, possibly with a temporary license plate. He is described as a black man with a bald head and beard, 6-foot-1 and weighing 240 pounds.

If you see Stephens, call 911. If you have tips about the crime or his whereabouts, call the FBI tipline 1-800-Call FBI.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.