PITTSFIELD — A city man has been arrested on murder and weapons charges in connection with the 2014 death of Anthony Gamache.

Laquan M. Johnson, 20, of Von Nida Avenue, was picked up on a warrant served Wednesday morning, according to court files.

He is accused of shooting Gamache in the leg during a botched drug deal on Nov. 18. 2014, in the parking lot of a city supermarket.

Gamache, of Goshen, traveled to Pittsfield with the intent of selling marijuana to Johnson and co-defendant Peter J. Campbell, according to police. The pair tried to steal the drugs instead; they displayed a handgun, made demands and shot Gamache.

The next day, Gamache died from a blood clot caused by the bullet wound.

Witnesses identified Johnson as the one who fired the fatal shot, according to police.

Campbell, also of Pittsfield, was arrested the day after the shooting and remains held without bail on charges of second-degree murder, armed assault to rob, illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and witness intimidation.

His trial was tentatively scheduled to begin sometime in March. It's not yet clear if Johnson's case will affect that schedule.

Johnson pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of murder, armed assault to rob and carrying a firearm without a license.

He was ordered held without bail by and is due to appear back in court on April 1.


Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said the case will likely be submitted to a grand jury for indictment and eventual transfer to Berkshire Superior Court.

The investigation into the shooting is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department and State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

Before Wednesday's proceedings, Johnson's attorney, Calvin C. Carr, asked Judge Paul Smyth to either remove cameras from the courtroom or to permit Johnson to be arraigned from behind the metal door of the holding area, out of the view of media.

Carr cited an "identification issue," as the basis for his request.

The judge granted the request without a formal motion having been filed, preventing The Berkshire Eagle from airing any objection.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.