This is why it is so important to learn gun safety! Or, you know, not do dumb stuff at all.
A Minnesota woman has been charged with shooting her boyfriend of five years.
Why did she do that? Was he trying to harm her? Did she intend to kill him?
No, she didn’t mean to kill him, and he wasn’t trying to harm her. They did it for a YouTube video.
A YouTube video that went horribly, horribly wrong.
Monalisa Perez, 19, of Halsted, allegedly shot Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol on Monday while their three-year-old daughter looked on.
Perez fled the house screaming and later said the book was supposed to stop the bullet in a bid to create a viral video, family members told the Star Tribune.
They had planned for Perez to fire the large-caliber handgun at a hardcover encyclopedia being held by Ruiz outside their home on HWY 75, around 6:30pm.
Perez told police that she had fired the fatal shot while stood just a foot away from Ruiz, according to the prosecutor.
She claimed the plan was Ruiz’s own, and that he had showed her another book that had successfully stopped the bullet.
This time, however, it penetrated the volume and killed him. His death was captured on two cameras that had been set up to record the stunt; police say they do not plan to release it at this time.
Perez then called 911; EMTs attempted chest compressions on Ruiz, but were unable to save the young man.
It has been reported that the couple’s 3-year-old daughter was also present when the shooting happened.
Perez is pregnant with their second child, a boy due in September. She has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
This couple thought a book was going to stop the Desert Eagle. Let’s put aside for a minute of how horrible of an idea this was. If they had only researched the gun, they would have known that wasn’t going to happen.
The gun is described as “one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns” by online retailer Cabelas.
An unrelated video of YouTuber “Tom Bulletsafe” shows a .50 caliber Desert Eagle firing straight through 24 sheets of drywall.
If the couple loved YouTube so much, why didn’t they watch some videos about the gun?!
Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told him not to do it. She said to reporters, “Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?”
His reply: “Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.”
The couple’s YouTube channel has an assortment of pranks on it. Each video averages between 400 to 900 views with a total of 218 subscribers.
In the last video posted, the family goes to a fair and Perez says: “Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers.”
“I told them, the bigger we get, I’ll be throwing parties,” Ruiz replies.
Now that will never happen.
Another of Ruiz’s aunts, Lisa Primeau, said she ‘pretty much raised Ruiz’ after his mom died when he was nine and living with his dad hadn’t worked out.
She told the Star Tribune that Ruiz was a gun enthusiast and ‘daredevil’ who was always ‘putting a dangerous twist on everything he did.’
That included ‘jumping into the swimming pool from the top of the house, no hesitation,’ she said, and being ‘a crazy driver with go-carts.’
Not only were their prank videos, the couple also shared the time they spent with their daughter.
They were planning on making another channel dedicated to pranks.
Ruiz was training to become a foreman in order to support his family.
If convicted, Perez faces a maximum of ten years in prison, or a fine of $20,000, or both. She remains in jail at this time.