Hitchhiker shooting seen as hoax when no gun found
by Matthew Brown, Associated Press
June 18, 2012 03:09 PM | 503 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Authorities say a story offered by a hitchhiker who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting in Montana unraveled when no gun could be found in the pickup of the supposed perpetrator.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said Monday that deputies found a pistol in a field near the scene and traced it to Ray Dolin.

The 39-year-old Dolin had claimed he was shot in the arm without provocation along U.S. Highway 2. Authorities now say he shot himself and made up the rest of the story _ apparently to promote a memoir he’s writing about kindness.

Dolin is being treated at a hospital. Charges are pending.

Authorities initially charged Lloyd Christopher Danielson III of Tumwater, Wash., in the June 9 shooting. He was cleared four days later.

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