A 22-year-old man died on Monday after he was allegedly shot by his girlfriend as part of a stunt to gain notoriety on the video-sharing platform YouTube, KSFY reports.
According to KSFY, the incident took place outside a home in Halstad, Minnesota.
After the Norman County Sheriff's Office got a report of a person who had been shot, Pedro Ruiz was transported to a hospital where he later died. Monalisa Perez, 20, was arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.
"He had told me about an idea. I said, 'Don't do it, don't do it,'" Ruiz's aunt Claudia Ruiz told KSFY. "'Why are you going to use a gun? Why?' 'Because, we want more viewers.'"
Ruiz's aunt added that he gave a 50-caliber handgun to his girlfriend to shoot at a book, thinking the book would stop the bullet.
"I don't know why they thought the book was supposed to stop the bullet," said Ruiz.
Perez is said to be seven-months pregnant with the couple's second child.
Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs or on Facebook.