7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in SC prison fight

7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in SC prison fight

At least six emergency agencies responded to a "mass casualty incident" that lasted more than seven hours and left seven inmates dead at a SC prison late Sunday, according to officials.

The Department of Corrections says the prison was secured just before 3 am Monday. Another 17 inmates were injured at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday and involved "multiple inmate altercations in three housing units", Taillon said.

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Lee is a maximum-security prison that houses 1,600 inmates, including some of the state's most violent offenders, reports the State.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight by two inmates that left one of them dead.

These deaths at Lee are the most in any SC prison in recent years.

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