http://www.***************/news/art...ot-head-asked-smoking-customer-CIGARETTE.html •Waitress Julie Brightwell, 52, was shot dead while working at Waffle House •Johnny Mount allegedly shot her in head after she told him not to smoke •She died shortly after 1am on Friday while on the way to hospital •Mount, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder •Police say he had a 9mm handgun on him at the time of the shooting A waitress at a Waffle House in Mississippi was fatally shot in the head after telling a customer to put out his cigarette. Julie Brightwell, 52, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head at around 1am on Friday and died from her injuries on the way to hospital. Johnny Max Mount, 45, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Ms Brightwell told Mount to put out his cigarette because the restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi, has a no smoking policy. Sergeant Jackie Rhodes told the ********** Online that Mount, who according to WLOX is a former firefighter, was arrested inside the restaurant after surrendering without incident. He was armed with a 9mm handgun at the time of the shooting, Sergeant Donnie Dobbs told the Sun Herald. 'He pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head,' Sgt Dobbs said. Linda Kilpatrick, a friend of Brightwell's, told WKRG: 'How could you kill someone over a freaking cigarette, c’mon, and on Thanksgiving night?' 'She was working the shift like she always does. Was it a regular, was it somebody who’s never been in the store before? I don’t know.' Ms Brightwell told Mount to put out his cigarette because the Waffle House restaurant (pictured) has a no smoking policy Police (pictured at the scene on Froday) said Mount was was arrested inside the restaurant after surrendering Kelly Thrasher-Bruner, a spokeswoman for Waffle House, said: 'This senseless tragedy is a shock for the Waffle House family. 'Our associate was a friend to many as well as a valued member of the Waffle House team for eight years as a salesperson. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with her family, friends, co-workers and customers.' The store has since re-opened. A donations page has been set up to help pay for Ms Brightwell's funeral costs.