'Mass casualty incident' reported at SC maximum security prison

'Mass casualty incident' reported at SC maximum security prison

Lee County Fire reports on Twitter that crews responded to a "mass casualty incident" and were assisted by Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

Seven inmates died and 17 were injured after fights broke out at a maximum-security prison in SC in the United States late on Sunday.

Mr Taillon said multiple fights broke out between inmates at 7.15pm on Sunday. She joined The Post in 2016 after seven years with the Arizona Republic.

Officials have not released the names of the seven inmates killed in the riot, not have officials commented on the condition of the 17 injured inmates.

In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.

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The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that the deaths happened as in multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units. The local coroner's office also responded. He said no officers were hurt in the melee. A coroner says it appears numerous seven inmates died of stabbing and slashing wounds. The prison was secure just before 3 a.m., the agency said.

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

Lee Correctional - located in Bishopville, 55 miles east of Columbia - has had several violent eruptions in the past.

Image: Some inmates had to be taken out of the facility for medical treatment.

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