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June 11, 2012

Hitchhiker writing 'The Kindness of America' memoir shot by motorist in Montana

A West Virginia man who was hitchhiking across the United States and writing a memoir titled “The Kindness of America” was shot by a motorist in a random attack in northeastern Montana, authorities say.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said Raymond Dolin, 39, was sitting on his backpack on the side of U.S. Highway 2 west of Glasgow about 6 p.m. Saturday when a man drove up in a pickup, rolled down his window, shot him in the arm and drove off.
“He was preparing to eat his meal when the truck pulled in and he thought ‘hey, here’s a ride’ and jumped up to walk over to the driver,” Meier told msnbc.com on Monday. “When he got closer he saw the gun and as he was starting to walk back, the guy pulled the trigger.”

Dolin was struck in the upper arm. Meier said Dolin was able to flag down another motorist and was taken to the hospital in Glasgow with non-life-threatening injuries. Hospital officials refused comment for an update on Dolin’s condition.
Meier said authorities arrested a suspect in Culbertson, about 100 miles east of Glasgow, about four hours after the shooting. Glasgow is community of about 3,100 residents.
Charles Lloyd Danielson III, 52, of Washington state, was jailed in Roosevelt County on suspicion of felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence, Meier said.
Danielson had been in the area looking for work, Meier said.

“This is unusual for our community or any community," Meier told msnbc.com, adding "for two people from opposite ends of the nation to end up here and this to happen – it’s totally random.”

42 comments:

  1. Tatiana CovingtonJune 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    So much for that!

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    1. He shot himself; my brother was law enforcement in the case, and I was visiting Montana when it happened,

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    2. He shot himself:

      http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018441810_apushitchhikershooting4thldwritethru.html

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  2. Welcome to america...

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  3. So much for that indeed, and by the way how did he ended up in that ghetto? oh wait.....

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  4. I wonder if he'll change the title...

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  5. I wonder if he'll change the title...

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  6. Yeah.. welcome to America...
    i will never visit your country again.. not even for a stopover. Despite the fact that your country has such nice things to offer to tourists.
    You are really going so into the wrong direction right now..pfff

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    1. Yeah, and Europe is a shining beacon for the world, right? pfff

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    2. Western Europe is light-years ahead of America in most things: STEM, civil rights, foreign policy...you name it, with the exception of military spending and Big Religion, W.E. has the U.S.A. beat. Hands-down.

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    3. Big religion is the reason why you all are not barbarians today. You appear ungrateful of the very things that have helped in your region's prosperity...big religion, US military protection and post war reconstruction aid.

      Don't worry about us, you have your own issues.

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  7. Well... he did get a free bullet.

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  8. I am totally going to read this now. It's going to have that M.Night twist.

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  9. It still doesn't mean that "America" isn't kind, just some Americans are anti-social psychotic assholes and thats true in every country. AMERICANS ARE STILL KIND!

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  10. I wouldn't call this "refreshing news".

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  11. No... welcome to Montana.

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  12. I'd say his book just found a publisher and will probably sell about 8 million more copies.

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  13. Right now, Northeastern Montana and Northwestern North Dakota are attracting less than good people because of the oil boom. So, if you go there just watch your back, please.

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    1. This is now the third time in a month that I've read something like that, the other two times were before this incident.

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  14. The suspect might not be looking for work for a long time from now.
    This is him. Apparently not too nice a charactor:
    http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/bismarcktribune.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/44/64447e22-b451-11e1-8948-001a4bcf887a/4fd6d79a2838f.preview-620.jpg

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  15. In Montana, that's how we say "Howdy"!

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  16. AMERICA FUCK YEAH!

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  17. im not sure this is legit

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  18. Most likely a publicity stunt to promote the book.

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  19. Rush Limbaugh commented on this yesterday. Good to know Rush reads reddit!

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  20. Fucking montana...too many guns in that state paired with a lot of alcoholics

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  21. Next time, give him your sammich

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  22. he probably gave him the finger sothe man in his drunken rage put the lead to him

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  23. He thought his sandwich could use a little more lead

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  24. It'll just make the book more genuine with a compelling contrast of good/neutral/bad experiences during his little writey, hitchhikey thingie.

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  25. this guy shot himself. He openly admired that he shot himself to raise publicity of his book.

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/25/hitchhiker-writing-book-about-kindness-in-america-shoots-self-in-desperate-act-of-self-promotion/

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  26. I also openly admire that people who don't proofread their posts are funny sometimes.

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  27. Thus, they are now shifting to technical courses that save time, money and allow them to earn a respectable salary faster. HVAC School in West Virginia

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  28. there are a lot of idiots out there and they walk amoung us

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  29. Political stunt, likely coordinated by a NGO

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  30. The headline isn't true - he shot himself to publicize the book, this now an established fact and has been in the news, so change the fricken headline!!

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  31. Well there goes that book advance. He could change the title to assholes that hitchike?

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  34. Ray Dolin' Gets 6 Months In Montana Shooting HOAX,
    And I hope Charles Lloyd Danielson brings civil suit against all who cause him harm for perpetuating a lie.

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  35. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Yee-haw..!

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