7 inmates dead, 17 injured amid riot at SC prison

17 April, 2018, 23:02 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Emergency services at the scene. Pic @LeeCountyFire

A spokesman for the state's prisons says seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others were seriously injured as inmates fought uninterrupted for more than seven hours.

In March, an officer at the prison was "overpowered" and held by inmates who took control of part of the building for more than an hour.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from at least seven jurisdictions lined up outside the prison to tend to the wounded.

"I just saw three dead on the sidewalk outside of my unit".

The first response team did not enter the site of the first fight until 11:30 p.m., Stirling said, adding that the inmates gave up peacefully.

"The [corrections officers] never even attempted to render aid, nor quell the disturbance", he said.

"There are prisons around the country - state prisons, federal prisons all - that would be safer with this jamming", he said. It began at around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

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In an update late Monday morning, the Department of Corrections identified the men who had been killed: Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Cornelius Quantral McClary, Michael Milledge, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Corey Scott and Raymond Angelo Scott. The prison, which opened in 1993, is a level 3 facility in Bishopville, SC. He said he saw an inmate trying to get up before he "started into that "death rattle" people often hear about, but never experience firsthand".

The youngest was 28 years old, while the oldest was 44.

The Lee Correctional Institution has been the scene of several violent incidents in recent years.

SC authorities on Sunday responded to an "ongoing incident" at one of the state's most risky prisons.

"If everybody has an uprising, you are always going to be understaffed", Logan said. Two officers were stabbed there in 2015.

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.

"They are in prison because they've been judged as so unsafe they must be kept there", Gov. Henry McMaster said at a news conference on Monday.

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