BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
A woman working the overnight shift at a Biloxi Waffle House was shot and killed early Friday morning, and police say it was all over a cigarette.
Investigators say an argument erupted when a waitress told a customer he couldn't smoke inside the restaurant. Johnny Mount, 45, refused to put out his cigarette, pulled out a handgun he had concealed under his shirt, and shot the woman once in the head.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said the 52-year-old woman was taken to Merit Health Biloxi where she later died from her injuries.
Mount was arrested as he was leaving the restaurant, and charged with 1st degree murder. He's now being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $2 million bond.
The shooting happened around 1am at the restaurant on Hwy 90, near the Coast Coliseum. Within hours, the crime scene tape had been removed and the location was back open for business. A senior Waffle House manager was moved to the location to offer additional support, and a corporate spokesperson told WLOX News free counseling was being offered to any associates who might need someone to talk to.
Officials have not yet identified the victim, but a Waffle House spokesperson gave her name as Julie, and said she had worked for the chain as a salesperson for eight years. Julie worked in several Waffle House locations in the Biloxi market, but had spent the last two years at this location.
Friday, November 27, 2015
The Price Of Freedom
by M. Bouffant at 12:54
No one's taking this patriot's "rights" away!!