Dangerous South Carolina prison secured after 'mass casualty incident,' officials say

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

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.

Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in SC. The incident started at around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

The prison wasn't secured until nearly 3 a.m., the South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted. The local coroner's office also responded. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

Lee Correctional Institution was secured at around 2:55 a.m. after incident involving inmates in three housing units, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote on Twitter. An investigation has been launched into how the riot broke out.

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The SCDC says no staff members or officers were injured.

The facility, which opened in 1993, houses around 1,500 prisoners, including some of the state's most violent criminals, reports the Associated Press.

Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.

This is a developing story.

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