Verify: Rumors about Cleveland shooter Steve Stephens

Rumors are circulating social media as the manhunt for Steve Stephens continues -- we are going to verify a few that we have seen.

Rumors continue to circulate on social media as the manhunt for Cleveland shooter Steve Stephens continues, Monday, April 17.

We are verifying a few that we have seen so far:

  • Steve Stephens is Muslim. NOT VERIFIED

Many viewers are claiming that Stephens is Muslim, or pointing to his religion as a reason for this murder. We have reached out to Cleveland-area mosques and have yet to hear back, but it is worth noting that Stephens very clearly states in his Facebook video the purpose for this murder.

The Cleveland Police also said that Stephens has connections to clergy group and a pastor. 

  • Stephens broadcasted a Facebook live of the murder. FALSE

Cleveland Police say that Stephens recorded a video and then uploaded it to Facebook before it was later removed by Facebook. 

  • Stephens murdered more than a dozen people. FALSE

As of right now, Cleveland Police can only confirm one victim killed by Stephens. 

Police have extended this to a nationwide search and are offering a 50,000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to Stephens' arrest

VERIFY: Sources

Cleveland Police Department

VERIFY: Resources

WATCH: Steve Stephens manhunt continues

WATCH: Police made contact with Stephens 

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