Prank videos and firearms just don’t mix.
Pedro Ruiz III, 22, was fatally shot by his girlfriend Monalisa Perez, 19, when a prank went horribly wrong. They Minnesota-based couple were to film a video in which Perez would fire a bullet towards Ruiz, which they believed would be stopped by an intervening book. Their assumptions were proven incorrect, when the bullet passed through the book and into Ruiz’ chest.
The incident was captured from two different camera angles, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, who first reported the story. The couple’s three-year-old daughter witnessed the incident, and Perez is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
“She agreed to do the video and to shoot the gun after Ruiz showed her a different book that he had shot that prevented the bullet from going all the way through,” the Press reported.
Perez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $20,000.
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
“They were in love,” said Claudia Ruiz, Pedro’s aunt, to the Press. “It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn’t have happened like this. It shouldn’t have happened at all.”
The couple’s channel touted just 300 subscribers at the time of the incident. The couple created their channel in March, and uploaded their first video in May.