3 people die, 1 left injured in assault at Long Island home

Police say 34-year-old Bobby Vanderhall bludgeoned three women to death including his mother and sister with a hammer on Saturday

Police have charged 34-year-old Bobby Vanderhall in the killings of his mother, 58-year-old Lynn Vanderhall, his sister, 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall and a family friend, 29-year-old Janel Simpson, said Nassau County Det.

A fourth woman survived the assault and is hospitalized.

Police said Vanderhall then found his mother in the living room and started to bludgeon her with the hammer.

Next, he found his sister, 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall, and one of Melissa's friends on the staircase and beat them with the hammer, authorities said. Janel Simpson also met the same fate when she attempted to stop Vanderhall.

Vanderhall had been kicked out of his mother's house and was homeless, according to Lt Stephen Fitzpatrick of Nassau County homicide.

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"When he came here last night and it looked like the doors were secured, he became enraged", Fitzpatrick said.

'He went to the garage, he obtained a large hammer.With this hammer, he broke through the basement door'. She was listed to be in a stable condition at a Long Island Hospital.

After the incident, Vanderhall walked out of the home, went back to his auto and fell asleep. Vanderhall had a history of abusing his mother and sister and had slapped and physically abused Lynn in March. Janel's Simpson's mother was also seen outside the home.

It was not immediately known if Vanderhall has an attorney.

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