Crime & Courts

Man shot, killed in bar patio near Bojangles’ Coliseum, police say

A man was shot and killed at a southeast Charlotte bar late Saturday, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police news release.

John Michael Songer, 46, was standing in the patio area of Smokey Joe’s Cafe around 11:45 p.m. when he was shot, police said.

Songer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Late Sunday, police announced that 35-year-old Jamie Lord Harris was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Smokey Joe’s is near the intersection of Briar Creek Road and Monroe Road, a short distance from Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.