The Norman County attorney has released a YouTube video taken immediately before a stunt that led to the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz about a year ago. Just before Monalisa Perez fired the gun, Ruiz says on the video, “The ultimate test to see if this 50-caliber bullet will go through a book is, I’m just not gonna just set it and just shoot it, no. I’m going to stand behind it and Monalisa is going to shoot it, hoping she hits the book, hoping she hits the book and not me.”
Prosecutor James Brue refused to release the rest of the video of the actual shooting which followed, saying it’s clearly offensive to common sensibilities. And although he made public a transcript of the ensuing 9-1-1 call, he also refused to release audio of that conversation. Monalisa Perez received a six-month jail sentence.