A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness of America” has confessed to shooting himself.
Ray Dolin, 39, of West Virginia, told police he was walking along U.S. 2 near Glasgow when a pickup pulled over and the driver rolled down his window and shot him in the arm.
Police later arrested Lloyd Christopher Danielson III, 52, and charged him with felony assault. That charge was dropped , although Danielson remained in custody, accused of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was arrested.
Danielson denied any role in shooting after he was put into custody.
A Valley County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said they believe Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but offered no further details.
(original shooting report)