Man hitchhiking across U.S. to write book called “The Kindness of America” shot by random passer-by on the side of the highway

From Billings Gazette:

A West Virginia man is recovering and another man is in jail after what authorities described as a random shooting on Saturday night near Glasgow.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said that on Saturday night, Raymond Dolin, 39, was sitting on the side of Highway 2 a few miles west of Glasgow and waiting for a ride when a man drove up in a maroon pickup, shot him and drove off shortly before 6 p.m.

Dolin, from West Virginia, is hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir called “The Kindness of America,” Meier said.

He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

Authorities from several counties, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Land Management and Fort Peck tribal officials began a large manhunt for the driver of the pickup.

They learned the man had asked for directions from a nearby resident before heading east.

Tribal officers spotted the pickup in Poplar and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies were able to track it Culbertson, where they arrested the driver, 52-year-old Charles Lloyd Danielson III, of Washington, in connection with the shooting about four hours after it happened.

Meier said there doesn’t appear to be any connection between Dolin and Danielson.

“It’s totally random,” he said. “These two gentlemen did not know each other. They’d never seen each other and we don’t know of a motive. We don’t know why this happened.”

Danielson is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on suspicion of felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence.

Meier said he expects Danielson to make an initial court appearance in Roosevelt County on Monday. He will then be sent to Valley County.