7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in SC prison fight

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

A SC prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

The fight started Sunday night at 7:15 p.m. ET and wasn't contained until 2:55 a.m. ET Monday morning, a prison spokesman added.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

All prison staff and law enforcement were safe and accounted for the, Corrections Department said on Twitter.

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

Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

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

In 2015, two officers were stabbed in a fight.

In February, one inmate killed another at the prison.