Police: Local sightings of Facebook shooter "unfounded"

Posted at 9:33 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 09:34:47-04

Baltimore Police said local sightings of Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens are “unfounded.”

Police spokesperson T.J. Smith said major cities along the east coast have experienced similar reports since a national manhunt was called for Stephens’ arrest.

Stephens has been on the loose ever since publishing a video on Facebook showing him shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Easter Sunday. Police said Godwin was an innocent bystander who didn’t know Stephens.

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Cleveland authorities are part of the ongoing investigation and search, and have offered a $50,000 reward for information.

Baltimore Police said the department is in communication with authorities investigating the case, but have no reason to believe Stephens is in the area.

“We urge everyone to remain vigilant at all times, but we have no indications that the Cleveland murder suspect is in or headed to the Baltimore area,” Smith said.