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Uber massacre susp is deathly silent in court

- BY CHRIS KILLIAN in Kalamazoo, Mich. and STEPHEN REX BROWN

THE UNHINGED Uber driver charged with killing six people in a Michigan mass shooting showed no emotion in court Monday as authoritie­s removed a stash of guns from his home.

Jason Dalton appeared in Kalamazoo County Court via video feed wearing an orange jumpsuit and glasses. He remained stone-faced as a judge read out six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight gun charges for the Saturday spree at three different sites around Kalamazoo.

“I would prefer to remain silent,” Dalton (photo) said when asked to address the court.

Dalton admitted to investigat­ors with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety that he “took people’s lives,” court documents showed.

Dalton, who was denied bail, faces life in prison.

As authoritie­s searched for a motive in the random slayings at three sites Saturday, a spokes- man for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said many long guns and handguns were seized from the suspect’s home.

There was no indication he was prohibited from possessing the weapons, officials said.

Dalton, 45, used a 9-mm. in the shootings, according to Kalamazoo County Prosecutin­g Attorney Jeff Getting, adding that the suspect had been “cooperativ­e” but “nonemotion­al.”

“This is a tremend dous loss,”l ”G Gettingtti said. “But we have a strong case. The (killings) were cold, deliberate and intentiona­l. They were not provoked.”

Meanwhile, Dalton’s family released a statement through attorneys, expressing “our deepest sympathies and condolence­s to the families of the victims of the shootings.

“This type of violence has no place in our society, and we express our love and support for everyone involved,” the family said.

It’s unclear what made Dalton snap.

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