YouTube stunt kills 22-year-old man; pregnant girlfriend charged

HALSTAD, Minn. (WDRB) - A pregnant woman is facing charges after police say she shot her 22-year-old boyfriend in a YouTube stunt gone wrong.

Pedro Ruiz apparently gave 19-year-old Monalisa Perez a handgun and told her to shoot into a book he was holding in front of his chest. The couple had apparently tested the stunt before attempting it on video. But the book didn't stop the bullet.

Ruiz died at the scene in Minnesota.

Family members say the couple had been trying to get famous on YouTube, and their pranks were escalating.

The couple has a 3-year-old daughter.

Perez is seven months pregnant with their second child.

She is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.

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