The central jail on Front Street in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone
The central jail in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A murder charge was filed Tuesday against a suspect accused in a shooting that killed a man in an Encanto-area neighborhood more than three decades ago.

Leovardo Salceda, 51, was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly firing the shot that mortally wounded 37-year-old Oliver Harrison on July 31, 1988, according to San Diego police.

Harrison was riding a bicycle in the 600 block of 61st Street when he was struck by a stray bullet discharged during a nearby fight between two men, said Lt. Matt Dobbs.

Because witnesses to the shooting were uncooperative, the investigation eventually went cold. Detectives continued working the case, however, and “eventually developed enough information” to arrest Salceda for the slaying, the lieutenant said. Dobbs declined to specify the nature of those findings.

Salceda was being held without bail at the San Diego Central Jail pending arraignment, which was tentatively set for Friday.

The criminal complaint also charges Salceda with attempted murder for allegedly opening fire on another victim, also on July 31, 1988. He additionally faces allegations of discharging a firearm at an occupied motor vehicle and using a revolver in both the murder and attempted murder.

Updated at 4:03 p.m. Feb. 16, 2021

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