Investigator | Stephens in financial turmoil before Facebook shooting

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Steve Stephens, the gunman accused of the random shooting of an elderly Cleveland man, was so financially strapped, he could not afford to repay a series of pay-day loans, according to his 2015 bankruptcy filing.

Stephens, who earned about $28,000 a year as a case worker, listed about $12,000 in assets against more than $35,000 in debts, the records show.

Included in his debt were six short-term loans of about $500 each borrowed in 2013 from various pay-day loan companies in the Cleveland area. The loans totaled $3,150. Stephens also listed about $4,400 in student loan debt.

His $1,679 a month salary at Beech Brook, a Pepper Pike based-company where he was a case worker assigned to assist special needs clients, was being garnished to satisfy one debt, records show.

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The bankruptcy filing was opened in 2015 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland and was closed in May 2016.