Seven dead after fights at SC maximum security prison

Seven dead after fights at SC maximum security prison

Seven prison inmates were killed and 17 injured in an hours-long series of events involving multiple fights between inmates at a prison in SC, the state Corrections Department said on Twitter.

He said multiple fights broke out at 7.15pm on Sunday evening.

The Department of Corrections says the prison was secured just before 3 am Monday.

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


Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State police have been called to one of South Carolina's most risky prisons. Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution previous year.

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