In an attempt that seems to be a publicity stunt, the 39-year old Ray Dolin from West Virginia, who previously claimed that he was shot by some unknown person along a rural Montana highway, finally confessed that he had shot himself.
The author has been working on a memoir with the name of Kindness in America and the authorities believe that he shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion.
According to Sheriff Glen Meier, Mr. Dolin acknowledged that that tale about the random shooting was a mere concoction of his mind.
Mr. Dolin has not been arrested as yet but the weapon that was used for shooting has been recovered. Besides, the charges are also pending so far.
Previously, he had told the authorities that he was shot by an unknown driver of a maroon pickup during his hitchhiking along United States Highway 2 west of Glasgow last Saturday.
Soon after the incident, authorities arrested Mr Lloyd Christopher on the charges of felony assault.
These charges, however, were dropped later but Mr. Lloyd remained under custody, accused of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was arrested.
According to the Sheriff, Mr. Lloyd denied being involved in any kind of shooting.
Mr. Dolin, other than being a writer, runs his own photography business called OneShot Impressions.
During his interview with the associated press before his confession, he told that he was traveling on a bus from West Virginia to Sidney, Montana, while working on his memoir about the kindness of people.
Mr Dolin quickly changed the subject when he was asked about the arrest of Mr. Lloyd. During the interview, he talked in detail about his upcoming photographic memoir which mainly takes about the kindness offered by strangers.
As for the alleged gunman, he said that he didn’t have a chance to converse with the gunman and never got a good look at the man.
Another person, Mr Danielson, was arrested based on the description provided by Mr. Dolin. He, however, was released later after his vehicle was examined under a search warrant.