A 22-year-old Minnesota man died on Monday after he was allegedly shot by his girlfriend as part of a stunt to gain notoriety on YouTube.
“He had told me about an idea. I said, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it,'” Pedro Ruiz’s aunt Claudia said. “‘Why are you going to use a gun? Why?’ ‘Because, we want more viewers.'”
Ruiz’s aunt said that he gave a 50-caliber handgun to his girlfriend to shoot at a book he was holding, thinking the book would stop the bullet.
“I don’t know why they thought the book was supposed to stop the bullet,” she said.
After the Norman County Sheriff’s Office got a report of a person who had been shot around, Pedro Ruiz was transported to a hospital where he later died. Monalisa Perez, 20, was arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.
Perez is said to be seven-months pregnant with the couple’s second child.