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7 killed, 17 injured in SC prison riot

7 killed, 17 injured in SC prison riot

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured after fights broke out late Sunday inside a notorious maximum-security prison in SC, officials said Monday. No prison staff were injured.

Jeff Taillon spoke after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday.

Lee County Fire and Rescue a sent crews to assist in the "mass causality incident", the agency said in a Facebook post.

The maximum-security lockup in Bishopville - 55 miles east of Columbia - houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

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Officials have not said what may have sparked the violence, which is the latest in a string of incidents at the prison.

An hours-long prison brawl in SC has left seven inmates dead, reports WRDW.

"The incident at Lee CI resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and 7 inmates were killed", the department said on its Twitter account.


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