McNuggets order led police to Facebook killer

A McDonald's employee called state police just after 11 a.m.to report that Stephens ordered Chicken McNuggets and fries at the drive-thru.

Godwin is the man killed by Steve Stephens, who uploaded a video of the killing to Facebook.

Erie Times-News via AP Pennsylvania State Police look over a vehicle as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, was found shot dead Tuesday in Erie. Pa.

Acting on a tip from the McDonald's, state troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities said. Surette says outlets like Facebook are not to blame for postings like Stephens because it is impossible to police the vast quantity of uploads.

In the rambling video posted on Facebook, Stephens blamed a former girlfriend he had lived with, saying he woke up last week and "couldn't take it anymore".

The video quickly went viral and was viewed millions of times before it was eventually taken down after more than two hours on the site, sparking fierce criticism over Facebook's response time and moderation policies regarding offensive content.

"We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening", Zuckerberg said.

One of Mr Godwin's nine children, Debbie, said she wished her father's killer had been captured alive.

Ms Wheeler followed behind for a couple of miles and said the chase slowed suddenly from 50mph to about 20mph when the road narrowed from four lanes to two.

State police Major William Teper Jr. said the trooper who bumped Stephens' auto "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself". The one officer just shook his head.

Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings, Cleveland officials had said.

In the shooting video, Stephens told Godwin a woman's name and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

"And this is a prime example, this is something that should not have been shared around the world".

Godwin's daughter said he was killed while collecting cans in a plastic shopping bag.

  • Leroy Wright