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Man Killed In Shooting At Bar In East Charlotte

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NICK DE LA CANAL
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WFAE

Updated: 7:50 a.m. 

A man was shot and killed Saturday night while standing on the patio of a bar in east Charlotte. 

According to CMPD, officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call around 11:40 p.m. at Smokey Joe's Cafe on Briar Creek Road and Monroe Road. 

The victim was identified as 47-year-old John Michael Songer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police have charged 35-year-old Jamie Lord Harris with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon for his involvement in the shooting. Detectives say they identified Harris as the suspect in the shooting through the course of their investigation. He was arrested without incident and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

Police say Harris fired several shots into the parking lot and at the building of the bar. Songer was standing outside the building in a patio area when he was struck by a bullet.