7 inmates killed in "incident" at maximum security SC prison

Entrance to Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina                        WLTX-TV

At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in SC, according to the state's corrections department. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15).

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are also responding. 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.

No additional details were immediately provided on the cause of the incident at the prison.

The prison is located in the Town of Bishopville in Lee County, and is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses some of the most violent offenders in the SC prison system.


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

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight. After the dorm was brought back under control by law enforcement, the officer was seen by medical staff at the institution and released.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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