This story cropped up a while ago, about how a writer from West Virginia was hitchhiking across the country and was shot in a drive-by shooting in Montana while eating his lunch.
HELENA, Montana (Reuters) – A West Virginia man who was traveling across the United States gathering material for a book about kindness in America was shot and wounded while eating lunch in Montana, police said on Monday.
Ray Doland, 32, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the arm following the incident near Glasgow, Montana on Saturday, Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said.
A suspect, identified as 52-year-old Charles Lloyd Danielson III, was later taken into custody in Culbertson, Montana, Meier said.
“Montana is certainly full of a bunch of nice people and wonderful people and it’s a shame this kind of thing happens but it just happens,” Meier said.
Pretty messed up, huh? Except, as with many stories, that’s not really what happened:
A hitchhiker, who says he is writing a memoir called Kindness in America and claimed he was victim of a drive-by shooting in Montana, admits he shot himself, according to Montana authorities.
Valley County Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle says Ray Dolin, 39, of Julian, W.Va., admitted Thursday night that his earlier claim was false, the Associated Press reports.
Authorities arrested a 52-year-old man and charged him felony assault but have dropped the charges.
Kinda interesting how that worked out. A man writing “Kindness In America” accuses another man of a crime, gets him arrested and thrown in jail, but the writer who claims to be a victim is really lying and inflicting suffering on others.
Regardless of if they’re all shady characters, the way the story has showed up in the media, and the responses to it, are downright insulting to western states, gun owners, and anyone who’s not a hippy hitchhiker type writing saccharine slop like “Kindness In America”. Unless that was an ironic title, in which case, he’s even worse because he’s a hipster who makes false accusations.