Wayne Mills was shot and died Saturday morning after an argument over a cigarette.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a UK prison smoking ban is expected to lead to outright rioting.
But Wayne Mills’ one man riot led to his own death, according to reports of the dispute leading to the bar shooting. Nashville’s Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell shot Wayne Mills on Saturday, after the bar had closed. The Wayne Mills Band singer was allegedly arguing with Chris about smoking in a non-smoking area, which led to Wayne Mills being shot. Mr. Ferrell is claiming self defense and no arrest has yet been made in the case. Chris Ferrell reportedly had a valid gun permit. Police spokeswoman Kris Mumford spoke briefly on the case:
“We’re investigating Chris Ferrell’s claims of self-defense.”
Michael Scott, claiming to be in the group of friends with Wayne Mills prior to the shooting, said the group had attended a George Jones tribute on Friday before heading to the Pit and Barrel. The group apparently all left the scene prior to the shooting. Wayne Mills died at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
The Wayne Mills Band could be considered “old school”, and country singers Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson and Taylor Hicks have all opened for the band. The Pit and Barrel was due to participate in the reality TV show Bar Rescue Sunday night, but the network decided to cancel the episode and put on a rerun instead.
Wayne Mills’ manager J.R. Smith, issued a statement on a donation’s page for Wayne Mills Family Fund:
“Thank you for continued prayers for our friend and brother Wayne Mills. Wayne is one of my best friends and I managed his career for many years. I am now accepting immediate donations that will be directly given to his Wife and son to help during this critical time.”
The Wayne Mills Band has also planned a benefit concert for the family and announced a memorial service to be held after Thanksgiving.
So what do you think about Wayne Mills being shot over a cigarette? Not a good reason to die if you ask me.