7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

Seven inmates have died and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison in sc.

The South Carolina Corrections Department tweeted that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded to "an ongoing situation" at Lee Correctional Institution. They say the incident began around 7:15 pm Sunday and involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee Correctional Institution is the largest. No police officers or prison employees were injured, the department said.

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"It's not a SC problem, it is a national problem", Stirling said. The prison capacity is 1,272 according to the SCDC website.

No additional details were immediately provided on the cause of the incident at the prison. Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue and a private ambulance service also responded.

Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison. One of the two inmates accused of the crime said he killed them so he would be moved to death row.

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