Crime

One dead after shooting at Biloxi Waffle House

JEFF CLARK and MARGARET BAKER

SUN HERALD

A Biloxi Police vehicle sits outside a Waffle House on U.S. 90 Friday morning after a customer at the restaurant shot an employee, allegedly over an argument about smoking in the building.
A Biloxi Police vehicle sits outside a Waffle House on U.S. 90 Friday morning after a customer at the restaurant shot an employee, allegedly over an argument about smoking in the building. SUN HERALD

A Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee after she told him to put out a cigarette at the U.S. 90 business in the early-morning hours Friday, police said.

Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said the 52-year-old employee was shot in the head after arguing with the customer about smoking inside the restaurant around 1 a.m. Friday.

The employee, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, died at Merit Health Biloxi a short time later. She had a suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

The customer, Johnny Max Mount, 45, was arrested as he was walking out of the restaurant. He was booked at the Harrison County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

Mount, Dobbs said, was armed with a 9 mm handgun at the time of the shooting.

Mount, who lives on 100 block of Grandview Drive in Biloxi, is being held on a $2 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.

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