7 inmates killed, 17 others injured in SC prison brawl

7 inmates killed, 17 others injured in SC prison brawl

The South Carolina Corrections Department said on Twitter that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight on Sunday to the situation at Lee Correctional Institution.

Seven prison inmates have died following hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison in SC. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

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

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 there in a 2015 fight.

These deaths at Lee are the most in any SC prison in recent years. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

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