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Police: Hitchhiker writing 'The Kindness of America' confesses to shooting himself

The man who claimed to have been shot by a motorist while traveling and working on his memoir, "The Kindness of America," reportedly shot himself to get promotion. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Authorities say a man who claimed to have been the victim of a drive-by shooting in Montana confessed to shooting himself, The Associated Press reported. 


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. Dolin, a freelance photographer, said he had been hitchhiking across the country working on a memoir titled "The Kindness of America" when the incident happened.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told msnbc.com on Monday that Dolin flagged down another motorist and was taken to the hospital in Glasgow with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities arrested 52-year-old Christopher Danielson III, 52, of Washington state, and charged him with felony assault. They said he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. The charges have since been dropped, the AP said.

No charges have been filed against Dolin. Valley County Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle said the case is still under investigation, the AP reported. 

No one at the Valley County Sheriff's Office's was immediately available when reached for comment. 

Raymond Dolin, who was hitchhiking across the United States while writing a memoir called "The Kindness of America," said he was shot by a motorist in northeastern Montana.

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