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Irony: Man Hitchhiking Across U.S. and Writing Book on American Kindness Shot by Driver for No Apparent Reason

"Appears to be an absolute random event."

A hitchhiker writing a memoir about the kindness of Americans was taken to the hospital Saturday night after what authorities described as a random drive-by shooting in Montana.

The Billings Gazette reported 39-year-old Raymond Dolin of West Virginia was sitting on the side of a highway waiting for a ride when a man drove up in a maroon pickup, shot him and drove away.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told the newspaper Dolin is working on a book titled "The Kindness of America."

KXLH-TV reported Dolin sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the arm but was able to flag down help and get taken to the hospital.

Authorities began a manhunt for the driver of the pickup, ultimately arresting 52-year-old Charles Lloyd Danielson III in connection with the shooting.

Meier told KXLH there does not appear to be any connection between Dolin and Danielson.

"It appears to be an absolute random event. They did not know each other. They did not have a confrontation. He just drove up there and shot him. We're unclear as to why," Meier said.

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