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 5 26 Blackout victims at Mexico resorts have little hope of justice Eclipse tourists make their way to SC Confederate flags on display near NASCAR race The difference in 98% and 100% totality during the solar eclipse Solar eclipse travel tips Path of April 8, 2024 solar eclipse Police searching for missing teen RAW: Solar eclipse reaches totality in Georgia Man shot by Burke County deputy Toddler spotted wandering along busy Marietta street More Stories Death investigation underway after body found in… Aug 22, 2017, 12:11 p.m. Two NC State football players dismissed, three… Aug 22, 2017, 2:10 p.m. Carolinians celebrate the highly-anticipated solar eclipse Aug 22, 2017, 12:38 a.m.