One year ago today, Steve Stephens, the man known as the ‘Facebook Killer’ shot and killed himself right here in Erie.
Stephens gunned down 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior in Cleveland, OH on Easter Sunday. He broadcasted the violent attack live on his Facebook page. Stephens fled, leading police in Ohio and Pennsylvania on an intense manhunt. Reports began circulating that Stephens was in Erie by early Monday morning.
Police asked the public for their help and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Tuesday early afternoon, employees at the McDonald’s on Buffalo Road recognized Stephens as he was in the drive-thru and called police.
A short police chase ensued and the manhunt came to an end when Stephens shot and killed himself.
Despite multiple calls, no one will confirm whether or not the McDonald’s employee received the $50,000 reward.