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

Nassau and Hempstead police investigate the scene of a homicide in Hempstead N.Y. on Saturday Aug. 12 2017. Police on Long Island are searching or

Hempstead Triple Murder Under Investigation

Only one survivor remained after a gruesome Long Island hammer attack in which a man beat to death his mother and sister and her friend, police said.

Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was accused of breaking into his mother Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall's house and through the basement door and beating his mom before doing the same to his sister, Melissa Vanderhall and her friend Janel Simpson, one of the women visiting the house.

"The doors were secured and he became enraged", said Fitzpatrick.

"His behavior became more unruly, more violent", said Fitzpatrick.

According to police, Vanderhall was found sleeping in a auto within two miles of the crime scene and was arrested, police say. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

"The family right now is distraught", said Juanita Johnson, a cousin of the Vanderhalls to NBC New York. "He obtained a large hammer that's called a framing hammer", a police spokesperson said. Lt. Richard LeBrun of Nassau County Police, who held a news conference at the homicide scene shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Bobby Vanderhall stayed in the house for a short time before fleeing, and was apprehended within a two-mile radius of the scene sleeping in a vehicle, said Nassau County Det.

He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who had gone to to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning a trip to Cuba in the fall.

Bobby Vanderhall had already racked up a history of arrests for sex abuse and DWI, receiving his latest charges in the murders on Saturday.

'These girls don't give problems, these girls just have fun, ' Simpson said. He is being held in Mineola and was scheduled for arraignment on Sunday.

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