Close Verify: Alleged Facebook killer was headed to Charlotte There was an article that Cleveland Facebook killer Steve Stephens was headed to Charlotte. Savannah Levins , WCNC 4:18 PM. EDT April 19, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST CHARLOTTE, NC -- A ‘fake news’ article claiming Cleveland Facebook killer suspect Steve Stephens was heading toward Charlotte made the rounds on social media Tuesday. But turns out, it came from a website that allows people to create fake articles to prank friends. “At first it freaked me out,” one Charlotte woman said. “I told my coworkers because we had just been talking about it. I believed it for a second.” The article caused people to panic and it was shared hundreds of times on social media. NBC Charlotte’s Verify team looked into it, and discovered the article was made with a fake news generator. Anyone can plug in whatever information they want, and the website spits out a false article that looks real. Creators of the website, which is based out of Belgium, tell NBC Charlotte they took the article down because it violated their rules, but did not clarify which one(s). A disclaimer on the site states, “this website is an entertainment website… that should not be taken seriously.” We also verified with Pennsylvania State police that Stephens was spotted in Erie at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and shot himself in the head after a brief pursuit. So we can say for a fact this article is FALSE. Stephens was never in the Charlotte area. Facebook has rolled out new policies this month to help you spot and report fake news. They posted an article about it on their blog, you can read it here. Help VERIFYHelp our journalists VERIFY the news. Do you know someone else we should interview for this story? Did we miss anything in our reporting? Is there another story you'd like us to VERIFY? Click here. © 2017 WCNC.COM CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Two dead in I-77 crash Sunday "Hidden in plain view" exhibit educating parents CMPD may no longer patrol unincorporated areas in Meck Co. WATCH: Dashcam captures video of toddler falling onto roadway 13-year-old charged with sexual assaults Man accused of trafficking minors to Myrtle Beach Downed trees, flooding remain a risk Jonathan, Drew Scott Show Collection at High Point Furniture Market Charlotte to repeal Extraordinary Event Ordinance Tad Cummins agrees to extradition More Stories Downed trees cause several close calls across Charlotte Apr 24, 2017, 10:53 p.m. 13-year-old charged with 2 sex assaults Apr 24, 2017, 3:17 p.m. Heavy rain brings risk of flooding, downed trees Apr 24, 2017, 2:16 p.m.