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Hitchhiker admits shooting himself

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 Ray Dolin, 39, shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details.

Dolin, of Julian, W.Va., acknowledged he concocted the tale about the random shooting after he was confronted by investigators at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miles City where he is recovering, said Sheriff Glen Meier.

Charges were pending, and the case remains under investigation.

Dolin has not been arrested, but the weapon he allegedly used to carry out the scheme has been recovered, the sheriff said.

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