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Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting”

Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in SC.

The fights started around 7:15 p.m.in three housing units at Lee Correctional Institution, which houses some of the state's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

The South Carolina Corrections Department tweeted that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight Sunday to "an ongoing situation" at Lee Correctional Institution. The Lee County Fire department also said they assisted with a "mass casualty incident" at the prison.

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps.

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.

Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records. The inmates held the officer for about 25 minutes before it was secured by law enforcement.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight.

This story is developing and will be updated.



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