Woman Shoots Boyfriend for YouTube Stunt

The adage “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” seems terribly appropriate for this story. According to several news sources a Minnesota woman shot her boyfriend while filming a new video for a YouTube video. The young couple were allegedly in love with one another and the shooting was not a result of an argument. Rather, the couple were attempting a dangerous stunt in order to grow their fledgling YouTube channel.

The 19 year old Monalisa Perez was charged with second degree manslaughter after shooting her boyfriend on Tuesday, June 27th. The boyfriend, 22 year old Pedro Ruiz III, died on the scene of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The two were trying to grow their YouTube Channel, and had talked about wanting to become famous in the last video they posted, hours before the shooting occurred. According to Perez, who is seven months pregnant with Ruiz’s child, she didn’t come up with the idea.

Perez and Ruiz had planned to film a short YouTube stunt of her shooting a book he was holding with a gold .50 cal Desert Eagle. Ruiz assured her that the book would stop the bullet, showing her a book he had previously shot that had stopped the bullet. According to a family member, Ruiz had sent a Snapchat showing him shooting a bookshelf full of encyclopedias to see how many the bullet would travel through. Seeing the bullet be stopped by the first book, he concocted a plan to hold the book in front of his chest while his pregnant girlfriend shot it. Unfortunately, he learned that one book being held up is different that a stack of books lined up together.

Monalisa Perez

Monalisa Perez, 19, is charged with shooting her boyfriend.

“He had told me about an idea. I said, don’t do it, don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why? Because, we want more viewers,” Ruiz’s aunt told reporters, “I don’t know why they thought the book was supposed to stop the bullet.” The aunt added, “They were in love. They loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn’t of happened like this. It shouldn’t have happened at all.”

Perez was released on conditional bail of $7,000. She is due back in court on July 5th. Until that time, Perez will have to wear a GPS monitor and have no access to firearms, as conditions of her bail. If charged with second degree manslaughter, Monalisa Perez could serve a sentence of over 10 years and be subject to a fine of not more that $20,000.

It should have to be stated, but please do not try stunts like this at home. The couple broke two of the most important rules of firearms: Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy and Be sure of your target and what is behind it. According to the NSSF, accidental firearm-related deaths are on a sharp decline, but by following proper gun safety protocol, we can continue to decrease needless deaths and injuries from improper handling. It may seem obvious to most of us, but no amount of YouTube fame is worth your life or that of a loved one. Stick to cute cats or fantastic (and safe) gun reviews.

Do you think Perez deserves to be charged? Let us know your thoughts on the case in the comments below.

51 Comments On This Article

    • Pedro does not meet all the qualifications to be a Darwin recipient. Almost, but Mona is pregnant.
      Reproduction: Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.
      Excellence: Astounding misapplication of judgment.
      Self-Selection: Cause one’s own demise.
      Maturity: Capable of sound judgment.
      Veracity: The event must be true.
      He was a very close applicant.

  1. No I don’t think she should be charged. They devised a stupid plan and you just can’t fix stupid. She will have to live the rest of he life knowing she killed her boyfriend and she is carrying that reminder for nine months and will have to care for their child. That should be punishment enough.

    • Force Recon Marine

      Einstein had the greatest comment on this subject He said there IS a limit to genius but NONE on stupidity

    • I don’t believe caring for a child should be considered ‘punishment’ for any crime or lack of judgement. Both participants in the scheme are/were very young…inexperienced…careless…and now one is dead (which is a very FINAL outcome that cannot be changed). If it is true that she told the young man she was against the activity HE is the instrument of his destruction…NOT the GUN or the young woman. She did however acquiesce thereby sealing her fate. She is guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter but I pray she does not go to prison. An appropriate length of time on probation that allows her to care for the child and receive counseling on how to say NO to any and all such hairbrained schemes of any description is the course I hope the Judge in the case hands down. God bless her and their unborn child.

  2. Gold 50 cal Desert Eagle 🦅 was all it took to know where this was going. Sure hope that YouTube, the book publisher, IMI, and the manufacturer of the ammo aren’t dragged into some insane litigation. Can’t fix stupid! This is the ultimate “just say no” situation.

  3. No it was a stupid mistake but no intent to harm her boyfriend. She has enough to haunt her the rest of her life.

  4. She should be charged.if she loved hem she whodunit have rest he’s life on a stupid stunt for some fame.and now what of the baby.

  5. No charges you cannot fix stupid.The public will not benefit by confining this woman she will have carry this burden and explain to her child why it’s father his dead.He deserves the Darwin award however.

  6. Ruiz got just what he deserved. The unfortunate girl will no longer be influenced by an idiot. Hopefully the jury will sentence her to ten years in a library, that is , if she can read.

  7. My guess is that she will be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, if the facts are correct. If the facts are correct, then she had no criminal intent, especially since her idiot boyfriend assured her that the stunt was safe.

    Depending on the state, she may be found to be criminally negligent. If guilty she may serve some mild sentence like time served, or perhaps an additional 90 days in jail; additionally with five years of probation and 100 hrs. of community service.

  8. I do believe in punishing perez for her stupidity in firing a weapon at someone. As far as a pregnant women whos hormones are way out of balance and may be heavily under the control of ruiz in terms of macho man “Just do it I know what I am talking about”. So the question is how do we punish her? killing some one is heavy especially if it’s some you love you can never take it back. Do we glut the system with incarceration for 10 yrs with maybe 5 or less for good behavior in any case your tax dollars will take care of her or do we have her serve in a hospital where she could be a nurse assistant to care for vets who have been shot and need health care. I don’t see incarceration for a stupid little girl but a form of punishment indeed.

    • No premeditated MURDER here. The dead man supposedly ‘tested’ the stunt and thought he knew the outcome. He was an ignorant, inexperienced fool who insisted that his girlfriend play along in this ‘stunt’. She did…and will be haunted by the outcome for the rest of her life. How in God’s name can she explain to their child how she stupidly killed the child’s father? Some understanding and compassion is required here.

  9. No, she should NOT be charged. The stunt was his idea, based on his research, or lack of. Stupidly and firearms do not go togeather.

  10. These arebthe types the antigun left look at and see the average lawabiding gun owner. Guns shoulf be legal bu5 possibly not everyone should own and handle one. The level of stupid from the participants of this stunt was such that if not this gun on this date didnt get him, it was jus a matter of time until his time was up. Like the old saying, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people especially in large numbers.”

  11. Of course she should be charged. One of the cardinal rules of forenames safety of to no point a firearm at anything unless you intend to shoot it. Absolutely stupid of her

  12. She should not be charged with anything more than stupidity and last time I checked, that carries no jail sentence.

    • Unfortunately mere ‘STUPIDITY’ is not a defense to any wrongdoing. She participated in this madness willingly…and for her (and everyone else who recklessly acts in a similar fashion) she must pay an appropriate price. I feel sorry for her…and my heart goes out to her child.

  13. Which actor was it that put a blank pistol to his head and pulled the trigger? Some people just don’t think it through before acting upon it.

  14. Stunts like this is very misfortunate. This appears to be an issue with lack of gun safety. I think the lady will be punished by her terrible memories that she will most likely endure for the rest of her life.

  15. Back in the ’80’s, a member of our gun club, who was a security expert, wanted to video the stopping power of the Second Chance bullet proof vest vs. a 9mm. Everything went well for the first few shots. The final shot was low. Fortunately, the subject was in excellent physical condition and no vital organs were hit and he still has both testicles
    and his pecker.

  16. It is people doing stupid stunts like this that hurts all of our 2nd amendment rights they just give the anti-gun lobbyist more fuel to there already growing fire that stops responsible guns owners from being able to enjoy the right to bear arms

  17. I’ve read several conflicting reports on this. Some said he died from blunt force trauma, bullet went through the book and even that she completely missed the book despite being a foot away. Regardless, in the old days i think his death would’ve been chalked up to “misadventure” and she wouldn’t be charged as he practically forced her to do it. Seems like a great addition to a “Faces of Death” movie.

  18. Odd, to me at least, is the use of word “man” when applied to a male just because it has a penis, seems to me we pass that word around too frequently,;so much so that it has lost all of the characteristic codes of manhood that used to seperate the men from the boys and fn village idiots.
    Of course most males call their teenager prodigy children, and hell now its moved up to age 24; the difference between manhood and being a child used to be around 12 or 13 years , it was around that age fathers used to have already instilled in the boy the necessary responsabilities needed in manhood,and at that time they became young men.
    But hell in todays US we got dildo looking bald heads wearing ball caps on backwards, special sunglasses, with tatoos advertizing properties more akin to animal worship, and glittering ear rings, as symbols of verility, mostly to impress their male friends.
    Also we have multi generational “Become a man, join the military” indoctrination.
    This dude and his mate are prime examples of what breeding chimp to chimp will produce, animals that mimic cluster f…. humans.
    Most here know that her tears, and being knocked up will save herbutt from any real punishment.
    Hell she will probably be single parent welfare and schooling until she can join those males and females who are collectively
    called government bureaucracy.

    • She’s a stupid 19 year old soon to be single mother who had visions of being famous on Youtube. I think taxpayers feeding, clothing and housing her is inevitable no matter if she is charged or not.

  19. Two things strike me as odd. Firstly, he shot a stack of encyclopedias and didn’t make it through the first book? I know the .50AE is not exactly a hot rod, but it definitely has enough horsepower to make it through a few encyclopedias – even at a little bit of range. I think there was something wrong with that round or maybe the gun. Secondly, despite being a little gaudy, a gold-plated Desert Eagle is not a cheap pistol. How did a mildly retarded youtuber come up with the scratch to buy a $1500-$2000 rig?

  20. It wasn’t just stupidity. Her boyfriend convinced her it was safe to do. He paid the ultimate price for his stupidity. She shouldn’t have to pay for trusting the man she loved. Besides, she already paid for it… big-time!