Hitchhiker Writing Kindness Book Shot

Man attempted to thumb ride in Montana

Caty Enders

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A hitchhiker and freelance photographer who was writing a book titled Kindness in America was shot on Saturday as he attempted to thumb a ride near Montana’s Bakken oil patch. Ray Dolin, 39, has been traveling across America from his home in West Virginia, taking pictures and working on his memoir. Saturday evening, Dolin approached a pickup truck, thinking the driver was offering him a ride, before he was shot in the arm. Dolin was able to flag down Sherry Salveson, a Malta resident, who called 911 and administered first aid. “He wanted to see how people would treat him and how he would react. He said it was pretty ironic that he got shot,” Salveson said. Four hours later, police took 52-year-old Lloyd Christopher Danielson III into custody, where he is being held for felony assault. There is no word as to whether the incident will affect Dolin’s book.

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