A West Virginia man who told authorities he was hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir about kindness was injured in a seemingly random drive-by shooting near Montana’s booming Bakken oil patch.
Ray Dolin, 39, of West Virginia, was shot in the arm as he approached a pickup Saturday evening, thinking the driver was offering him a ride, said Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier….A 52-year-old man from Washington state, Lloyd Christopher Danielson III, was arrested about four hours later near Culbertson. Authorities said Danielson was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They released no motive in the shooting.
Did he have a permit for that gun? The opening of the oil fields in North Dakota have led to incidences of men behaving badly. Some communities have seen an increase in violence and general threats to public safety. In addition, the number of gun permits issued in North Dakota has increased dramatically. The oil patch workers have them. Residents of the towns in the oil patch have them. People are coming from all over for the boom in the oil business creating stress on local housing, law enforcement, population of small rural towns and the sense of security of local residents. It’s a vicious circle. People feel insecure because of an increase in crime and a feeling that they are not safe from the workers who live temporarily in their area. The people who work in the fields are there to make money for their families but often come from far away living in trailer towns or wherever they can find a room. There isn’t a lot to do during time off. Some people get involved in over indulgence in alcohol and drugs and criminal activity. Guns do not fit with this scenario.
Well let’s look at the latest story:
A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday.
Valley County sheriff’s officials said they believe 39-year-old Ray Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details….Danielson was jailed on suspicion of felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence. He did not enter a plea during an initial court appearance Monday, and City Judge Traci Harada set bail for Danielson at $50,000 on the assault charge and $685 for the DUI. He was expected to make another court appearance Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office had identified Danielson as a resident of Olympia, Wash., but he said in court that he was from Tumwater, Wash., Harada said. Danielson has criminal convictions in King County, Wash., for assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, obstruction of law enforcement and exhibiting or carrying a weapon with intent to intimidate. Records show he was sentenced in 2005 to 8 months in jail on the charges.
Very strange case. I wonder what really happened, but again its full of lies.