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California man charged with shooting Salt Lake woman he met on social media

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SALT LAKE CITY — A $750,000 arrest warrant has been issued for a California man accused of shooting a woman in downtown Salt Lake City.

Andre Deshawn Leivas, 36, of Blythe, California, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with five counts of discharging a firearm causing serious injury, a first-degree felony.

On June 20, a woman was shot multiple times at the Stratford Hotel Apartments, 169 E. 200 South. “She was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where she underwent two surgeries for the injuries she suffered from the shooting,” according to charging documents.

The woman told police she met the man on social media and invited him to her apartment. After going over, the man went into the woman’s bathroom just as he was getting ready to leave, and “exited the bathroom holding a gun and started shooting at the victim. After firing multiple rounds at the victim, (he) approached her and punched her in the head,” according to the charges.

On June 24, California authorities contacted Salt Lake police with information that helped identify the shooter as Leivas. Police believe Leivas fled to California after the Salt Lake shooting, the charges state.