At least seven dead after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

BREAKING: Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

A SC prisons spokesman says 7 inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

One of South Carolina's most risky prisons was secured early Monday after a "mass casualty incident" involving multiple inmates at several housing units, officials said.

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

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are also responding. An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017, another was stabbed to death in November, and a third was killed in February. An investigation has been launched into how the riot broke out.

According to The State, the facility houses around 1,600 inmates and is located about 55 miles from Columbia.

In March, inmates held a prison officer hostage for around one hour and 25 minutes while they took control of part of their dormitory.

According to the State, the officer was "overpowered" by the prisoners during the incident.

The SCDC says no staff members or officers were injured.

Taillon could not confirm any more details yet, including who is involved and if there are any injuries or fatalities.

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