In a video stunt gone wrong, an aspiring YouTube star shot her boyfriend in the chest, killing him, police said Wednesday.
As Pedro Ruiz III held up a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest, his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez shot him with a gold Desert Eagle.50 caliber handgun, which is considered one of the most powerful pistols in the world, NBC News reported. The bullet, which was fired from a foot away, traveled through the book and fatally wounded Ruiz.
The scene was captured on Monday as the two reportedly set up a GoPro camera on a car and another on a ladder. Shortly after the incident, Perez, who is 19 years old, called 911 at 6:30 p.m. from her home Halstad, Minnesota, NBC News reported. Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter, which carries up to a 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
“The case remains under investigation by the Norman County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota BCA,” Thornton told NBC News in a statement.
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