A woman has been charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend while taking part in a stunt on YouTube that went badly wrong.
Monalisa Perez, 19, is alleged to have shot and killed her boyfriend of six years, Pedro Ruiz II, 22, with a .50 Desert Eagle while their three-year-old daughter was in the room.
Hours before the shooting, Petez tweeted: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.” She later went on to tell police they were filming a stunt, in which she shot him from a foot away, while he held a book to his chest to ‘block the bullet’, the Star Tribune reports.
She has also claimed he showed her a book that had managed to stop a bullet.
However, the stunt went horribly wrong, as it passed through the book and killed him. His death was caught on two different cameras, which had been set up to film the stunt. Police added they will not be releasing the footage.
Perez called paramedics, but they were unable to save Ruiz. She was later arrested and told police it was Ruiz who had been pushing the idea.
Pregnant Perez has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Claudia Ruiz, an auntie of Ruiz, told WDAY-TV the Minnesota couple’s daughter was in the room at the time. She said: “He had told me about that idea and I said, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'”
She then said he replied: “Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.”
The auntie added that the family are all supporting Perez. She said: “It’s a tragic incident. What she did … she has to live with that. It’s the worst punishment she can get. She is pregnant with their second kid. It’s just heart-breaking.
“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve just done another prank.”
If found guilty, Perez could face a maximum of 10 years in prison or a fine of $20,000 (£15,400) or both.