‘Prank’ gone wrong leads to fatal shooting of aspiring YouTuber

‘Prank’ gone wrong leads to fatal shooting of aspiring YouTuber

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.

“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.

  • Red

    Shot a gun at her boyfriend, but didn’t expect the bullet to hit him. WELL WHAT THE FRICK WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN?!

    • Ryan Kuster

      Expected the bullet to stop, apparently as he showed her it worked on a different book.

  • NettoPur

    So much stupid.

  • wrestlingrules

    How the hell was shooting a real gun into a book her bf was holding a prank again?

  • Union Lacktivist

    If they uploaded that video it would have been a real hit. Youtube would have deleted it though… Liveleak is better for that.

  • Jeff

    Who the hell uses a live round in a prank video? And thinking a book will consistently stop a bullet?

    Talk about stupidity…