Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dangerous South Carolina prison secured after 'mass casualty incident,' officials say

Dangerous South Carolina prison secured after 'mass casualty incident,' officials say

Hours of fighting among inmates inside a maximum security facility in SC has led to the deaths of seven prisoners and injuries of 17 others, state corrections officials said early Monday.

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

The prison wasn't secured until nearly 3 a.m., the South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted.

While no other details are immediately available, Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon confirms deputies are assisting SCDOC in its response at the maximum security prison.

At least seven people were killed after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., late Sunday.

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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.

The facility, which opened in 1993, houses around 1,500 prisoners, including some of the state's most violent criminals, reports the Associated Press.

In March, inmates held a prison officer hostage for around one hour and 25 minutes while they took control of part of their dormitory.

Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

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