On Easter Sunday, a man named Steve Stephens allegedly published to Facebook a video of what appears to be him walking up to an innocent man on 93rd Street in the large Ohio city, then shooting and killing him. Stephens is on the run, and a massive manhunt was under way Monday morning. This is not the first incident in which Facebook was a platform for a suspect or criminal to show footage of something so gruesome.
A suspect was sought at the end of March in 2016 after he recorded a live-stream video while firing multiple gunshots at a Chicago man. The footage went viral, and police used the video to investigate the incident. It happened on a weekend where Chicago experienced an extremely high shootings rate. This incident was believed to be gang-related.
28-year-old Antonio Perkins was using Facebook Live on July 16, 2016when he was shot by a barrage of bullets in Chicago. He was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later with bullets wounds to the neck and head. Police suspect gang-related violence. (Antonio Perkins/Facebook/CNN)
Larossi Abballa, an Islamic extremist, was in France in June 2016 when he took a couple and their toddler son hostage. He posted a Facebook video while in the couple's home and admitted to stabbing the police commander. He also claimed it was because of the couple's professions and the act was committed in allegiance to ISIS. At the scene, police found a hit list that included celebrities. Facebook told CNN it doesn't comment on active investigations and that it works quickly to remove any content supporting terrorism. (CNN)
On July 12, 2016 Tommy Williams and his two friends were sitting in a car in Norfolk, Virginia, smoking and listening to rap music. Williams was live streaming when a spray of bullets crashed through his windshield. Williams his friends were transported to a local hospital, but the video continued to stream from the floor of his car until police found his phone. Tony Angelo Roundtree was arrested in connection with the case on Aug. 4. (TJ Williams/Facebook)
The I-40 bridge at sunset looking west across the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn.
Police said it wasn't difficult to track down three men suspected of raping a woman in Stockholm, Sweden because they broadcasted via Facebook Live, in a group. Several of those who saw it reported it to police, and they were able to find the apartment where it happened (Getty Images).
On Valentine’s Day, 2017, a woman was using Facebook Live when a gunman opened fire on a car in Chicago. A two-year-old boy, identified as Lavontay White, Jr. and a 26-year-old man were killed during the shooting. The woman, who was pregnant at the time, was wounded in the shooting. Both she and her baby survived the shooting.
On March 19, Rodney James Hess of New Orleans was live-streaming a standoff with police when he was shot and killed on a highway in rural Tennessee. Hess was reportedly parked perpendicular in traffic, asking to speak to a ranking officer or a “higher command.” Police say Hess had attempted to strike officers with his car and refused to follow officer’s commands. (CNN)