Arrest in Freeland Shooting Death

July 02, 2018 - 5:24 pm

A West Hazleton man was arrained earlier today on charges he fatally shot a 17-year-old boy during what state police say was a botched drug deal in a Freeland playground last month.

18-year old Brandon Gambardella was charged with an open count of criminal homicide in the death of Anthony Bonney on June 18th.

State police say Bonney and another teen agreed to meet Gambardella to sell cocaine but instead used a mixture of drywall shavings and baking soda.

Gambardella allegedly shot Bonney as he ran from the playground.

Bonney died at the hospital several hours after suffering a gunshot wound to the head .

Gamberdella is now at the Luzerne County Prison without bail.

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