Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

The South Carolina Department of Corrections said they secured the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville just before 3 a.m. following an incident involving "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" across three housing units.

The fighting began at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

According to the agency, all staff and responding law enforcement officers were "safe and accounted for".

Lee County Fire and Rescue tweeted early Monday that it and several other EMS crews responded to a "mass casualty" situation.

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Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee Correctional Institution is the largest.

At least seven inmates are dead following a major incident at a prison in SC.

Officials have not released the names of the seven inmates killed in the riot, not have officials commented on the condition of the 17 injured inmates.

According to The State, the facility houses around 1,600 inmates and is located about 55 miles from Columbia.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight.

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