In a video stunt gone very wrong, 19-year-old Monalisa Perez of Minnesota was arrested after she shot her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in the chest, reports NBC News.
According to the police report, Perez shot him with a gold Desert Eagle .50 calibre handgun while standing on the grass outside their home.
Considered one of the most powerful pistols in the world, the stunt involved Ruiz, 22, holding up a hardcover encyclopaedia in an attempt to block the bullet.
Aspiring YouTube stars, Ruiz wanted to make the video in order to grow the following the pair had on their YouTube channel:
They set up a GoPro camera on the back of a car and put another camera on a nearby ladder on Monday evening. Once they were filming, Perez picked up the Desert Eagle and shot the book Ruiz held in front of his chest. The bullet traveled [sic] through the book and hit Ruiz in the chest.
Perez then called 911 at 6:30 p.m. local time on Monday to report the she had accidentally shot her boyfriend in the chest, according to court documents. He was pronounced dead at the scene of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Ruiz had practiced shooting books and showed off one that a bullet did not penetrate in order to convince Perez.
Now, Perez has been accused of second-degree manslaughter and could spend up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of $20 000 (R260 000).
Here’s her flattering mugshot:
According to the couple’s previous YouTube videos, Perez has a three-year-old daughter and is currently pregnant with her second.
Police, on the other hand, will not be releasing the recorded material of the incident.
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