BILOXI, Miss. – Authorities say a lit cigarette led to a deadly shooting inside a Mississippi restaurant on Friday morning.
When an employee named “Julie” told Mount he couldn’t smoke inside the restaurant, an argument ensued.
During the argument, officers say Mount pulled out a handgun from underneath his shirt and shot the woman in the head.
The 52-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.
“What’s going on with this world? I mean, this is ridiculous,” said Linda Illing, a nearby resident.
Waffle House officials told WLOX that Julie had been employed with the company for eight years.
“This senseless tragedy is a shock for the Waffle House family. Julie was a friend to many as well as a valued member of the Waffle House team. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with her family, friends, co-workers and customers,” a statement from Waffle House read.
Mount was arrested and has been charged with first-degree murder.