Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

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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.

Overview of the Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, South Carolina.

Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m.

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

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.

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

There wasn't any more information immediately available on the incident. After the dorm was brought back under control by law enforcement, the officer was seen by medical staff at the institution and released.

Lee Correctional Institution, which opened in 1993, houses about 1,500 male inmates.

Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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