Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

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

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

Numerous fights among inmates at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville resulted in seven inmates killed and 17 more needing medical attention, reports the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15).

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

In a statement, SCDC Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they will be investigating the incident.

Lee County Fire and Rescue tweeted early Monday that it and several other EMS crews responded to a "mass casualty" situation.

Emergency services from neighboring SC counties responded to the incident.

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Corrections officials did not immediately say what led to the incident and why it took hours to stop the series of altercations.

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

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

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