According to a timeline of events pieced together by police and Facebook, Stephens posted a video on Sunday afternoon saying he meant to kill, and followed up two minutes later with video of Godwin's shooting.
Authorities say they received a tip that Stephens' vehicle had been seen in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Erie on Tuesday. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", police said in a tweet yesterday.
He posted video of that shooting on Facebook.
Authorities in Cleveland leading a nationwide search for a man wanted in a random killing that was recorded and posted to Facebook are again appealing to the public for help. The suspect is identified as Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said anyone who has been to the Erie region before can attest there are many remote places to hide. Instead, Stephens shot and killed himself.
A man whose shooting death in Cleveland, Ohio was captured on video and posted on Facebook on Easter Sunday was raised in Alabama, WSFA reported.
"He could be far away or anywhere in between", Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Stephen Anthony said.
With New York one of states on high alert for Stephens, every NYPD radio was ringing with the sound of an alert for the suspect, CBS2's Magdalena Doris reported.More news: Maple Leafs beat Penguins to wrap up playoff spot
The criticism of Facebook over Mr Stephens' video has built swiftly, with outrage spreading on social media over how long it had taken - more than two hours - for the video to be pulled down.
Tom Ducharme Jr., who owns the McDonalds, told CBS affiliate WSEE that Stephens pulled up to the first drive-thru window around 11 a.m., where an employee recognized him and noticed he was driving a Ford Fusion with OH tags.
The multistate manhunt for him stretched into a third day Tuesday.
By the time Stephens left the restaurant and turned onto Buffalo Road, where police say he ultimately killed himself, police were right behind him, DuCharme said.
On Sunday, Stephens allegedly shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., on E. 93rd Street and posted video of the killing to his Facebook account.
Videos Stephens shared show him talking about his despair over gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend.
In the video, Stephens told Godwin the name of his girlfriend and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".
"As a result of this bad series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible", Facebook's vice president of global operations, Justin Osofsky, said in a statement Monday evening.