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Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

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

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning. Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 more were injured during a "mass casualty incident" at a maximum security prison in SC.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

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

Taillon said no officers were wounded. It is in Bishopville, S.C., about 40 miles east of Columbia, the capital.

Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee Correctional Institution is the largest. In 2013, Michael McCall, then the warden at Lee, said it was the most unsafe prison in SC.

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.