Victim, suspect mum on shooting details

Published 1:06 am Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“It’s anyone’s guess” as to what prompted the Friday shooting on Antioch Road that left one wounded and another charged with attempted murder, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Arthur Dwight Lucal, 49, led officers on a more than six-hour manhunt before returning to the scene of the afternoon shooting that left 49-year-old Sidney Raley with a gunshot wound to his left hand and left leg.

Raley was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital and later air lifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile. Chief Deputy David Anderson with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, that according to Raley’s friends, the shooting victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The shooting occurred at 5:19 p.m. Friday. When Lucal fled the scene on foot, the K-9 tracking team from the Walton County Correctional Facility in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., was called in to assist in the search, as were members of the Covington County Sheriff’s Posse. Lucal was apprehended at the scene of the incident at 11:30 p.m. without incident.

When asked what prompted the shooting, Anderson said, “It’s anyone’s guess. We don’t really have a clue. No one is talking – not even the victim.”

Lucal now faces one count of attempted murder and failure to register as a multiple felon. Anderson said Lucal’s previous convictions weren’t readily available, but that they did span more than one state.

Lucal, who was booked into the Covington County Jail, posted a $275,000 bond Monday.