They call it a desperate act of self-promotion. I call it being a total dumbass.
A West Virginia man who claimed to be a victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday.
Ray Dolin, 39, of Julian, W. Va., made the acknowledgement Thursday night, said Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier. Authorities believe Dolin, who is recovering at a Miles City hospital, shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion but offered no further details.
The case remains under investigation and charges against Dolin are possible. None have yet been filed, said Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle.
Dolin claimed he was hitchhiking along U.S. Highway 2 west of Glasgow on Saturday when the driver of a maroon pickup pulled to a stop and shot him in the upper arm with no provocation.
Authorities later arrested Lloyd Christopher Danielson III, 52, and charged him with felony assault. That charge was dropped Thursday, although Danielson remained in custody for allegedly being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was pulled over.
Dolin runs a photography business called OneShot Impressions, which has as its logo the cross-hairs of a rifle scope.