Inmates Killed, 17 Injured During Incident at Lee Correctional

Seven inmates were killed there after fights broke out Sunday night.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in an incident at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, authorities said.

The fighting began at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

One of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons was secured early Monday after a "mass casualty incident" involving multiple inmates at several housing units, officials said. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation.

A local coroner was also called to the scene, according to reports.

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Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records.

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported. One inmate killed another in February.

Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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