A 22-year-old Minnesota man was shot and killed by his pregnant girlfriend during a fame-seeking YouTube stunt gone awry.
MonaLisa Perez, 19, was charged with second-degree manslaughter Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.
The couple was filming a video in which Ruiz was attempting to prove that a book would be able to shield him from a bullet, according to a criminal complaint. Pedro Ruiz instructed his girlfriend to shoot a .50 caliber while he was holding a book, apparently a “hardcover encyclopedia,” in front of his chest, assuming the book would stop the bullet.
Perez called 911 on Monday evening to report that she had accidentally shot Ruiz while their 3-year-old daughter looked on; authorities arrived at the home to find Ruiz with a single gunshot wound in his chest. He died at the scene.
County Attorney James Brue said there are “multiple videos” of the shooting, and they will not be released publicly at this time.
A few hours before the shooting, a posting went up on Perez’s Twitter account that read: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.” The note included two wide-eyed emoji faces and another of a eye-covering monkey with a gaping mouth.
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever😳😳 HIS idea not MINE🙈
— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017
Perez has a YouTube channel that boasts a series of clips she had her boyfriend made together, including their most recent video, “Doing Scary Stunts at the Fair Part 1.”
“Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers,” Perez says in the video.
Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told WDAY that she tried to convince Ruiz not to use a gun, but she says he told her, “We want more viewers, we want to get famous.”
“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve just done another prank,” she told the station.
“He told me about an idea. I said, don’t do it don’t do it,” Claudia Ruiz said. “Why are you going to use a gun? Why? Because we want more viewers.”
Perez is the mother of the couple’s 3-year-old and 7 months pregnant with their second child. She was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, authorities said.
Perez appeared from the jail by video at a Norman County court proceeding Wednesday. She posted $7,000 cash bail and was released late Wednesday afternoon.
If convicted, Perez could face a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.