A 22-year-old is dead after he allegedly instructed his pregnant girlfriend to shoot him for a stunt on their YouTube channel.
The incident took place in Halstad in western Minnesota along the Red River River about 35 miles north of Moorhead.
Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Norman County Sheriff's Office was called to the 500 block of U.S. Highway 75 in Halstad on a report of a shooting. "He had so much going for himself", Claudia Ruiz, Pedro Ruiz's aunt told WDAY.
A video by an unrelated YouTuber, "Tom Bulletsafe" shows a.50 caliber Desert Eagle firing straight through 24 sheets of drywall. When Claudia asked Pedro why he must use a gun in the prank, Pedro replied: "because we want more viewers". Ruiz convinced Perez to participate in the stunt by showing her a different book he had shot, and the bullet did not go all the way through. Perez, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter, is also now pregnant with a boy due in September.
Witness: The couple's daughter, Aaliyah (pictured with Perez) was witness to the shooting, police said. The couple was filming a YouTube video in which they were trying to see whether a bullet would travel all the way through the book.
She told authorities that she shot at Ruiz from about a foot away while Ruiz held a book to his chest. They loved each other.
On June 26th, Perez tweeted about the stunt, which she said was Ruiz's idea. "He was a insane driver with go-carts", she told the Star-Tribune.
Neighbors watched as paramedics did CPR on Pedro Ruiz outside the couple's home before he was airlifted to a Fargo, N.D., hospital.
'I wish they wouldn't have done it. It was just a prank gone wrong. "It shouldn't have happened at all", said Ruiz.
If convicted, Perez could face a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.