7 inmates dead in 7-hour prison fight

17 April, 2018, 21:06 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Emergency services from neighboring South Carolina counties responded to the incident

One of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons was secured early Monday after a "mass casualty incident" involving multiple inmates at several housing units, officials said.

At least seven people were killed after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., late Sunday. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units, SCDC says.

The Lee Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison located in Bishopville, South Carolina.

SC Corrections Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating.

"It's not a SC problem, it is a national problem", Stirling said.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that numerous prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks", Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said.

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In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported.

In February, one inmate fatally stabbed another.

Lee County EMS personnel are also responding, according to a source.

Emergency services from several SC counties responded to the "mass casualty incident", Lee County Fire wrote in a tweet.

As of April 16 at midnight, the SCDC website accounts for 1,266 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution.

The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia. One of the two inmates accused of the crime said he killed them so he would be moved to death row.

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