Seven killed during riot at SC prison

Seven killed during riot at SC prison

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in a large riot that broke out Sunday night at a maximum-security prison in SC, the authorities said.

State officials have pledged for years to make South Carolina's prisons, particularly Lee Correctional Institution, safer after a series of deadly fights. The fighting spread to three housing units, but no officers were wounded, authorities said.

According to SCDC, Lee Correctional Institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. following the incident which started at 7:15 p.m.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

SC Corrections Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press he arrived at the scene to find melees throughout much of the prison. The prison capacity is 1,272 according to the SCDC website.

On Monday, Lee County Fire and Rescue said it assisted with the "mass casualty incident" at the prison.

Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison.

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.