39-year-old Raymond Dolin was hitchhiking across America as he wrote his memoir “Kindness of America” when all of a sudden a driver pulled up in a pickup truck, shot Dolin for no apparent reason and sped away.
According to Valley County, Montana Sheriff Glen Meier Mr. Dolin was just sitting on the side of Highway 2 waiting for a ride when a maroon pickup pulled up beside him at approximately 6 p.m. and opened fire.
After the shooting Dolin was able to flag down a passing vehicle and the driver helped him reach Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
Following the report the Montana Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Land Management and Fort Peck tribal officials began a manhunt for the truck driver. Authorities soon learned that the man in the pickup had asked a nearby resident for directions before heading east.
The maroon pickup truck was soon tracked to Culbertson where 52-year-old Charles Lloyd Danielson III was arrested just four hours after the shooting occurred.
At this time there does not appear to be any type of connection between Charles Danielson and Raymond Dolin.
According to officers:
“It’s totally random. 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 on suspicion of felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence.
The book title Kindness of America may seem ironic at this point but the kindness of a stranger who came to his aid might yet provide his memoir with its best piece of non-fiction.