7 inmates killed, 17 injured in prison altercation

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Seven inmates were killed and 17 others needed outside medical attention when a prison melee broke out at a South Carolina prison, officials said.

The “mass casualty incident” at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, erupted around 7:15 p.m. and didn’t end until 2:55 this morning, the South Carolina Department of Corrections said in a statement.

PHOTO: A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C.Sean Rayford/AP
A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C.

Officials said all staff and responding law enforcement officers were safe and accounted for.

The department of corrections said the slain inmates were identified as: Raymond Angelo Scott; Michael Milledge; Damonte Marquez Rivera; Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins; Joshua Svwin Jenkins; Corey Scott; and Cornelius Quantral McClary.

PHOTO: This shows the Lee Correctional Institution, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C. Multiple inmates were killed and others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside the maximum security prison in South Carolina. Sean Rayford/AP
This shows the Lee Correctional Institution, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C. Multiple inmates were killed and others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside the maximum security prison in South Carolina.

PHOTO: Razor wire protects a perimeter of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., in this Feb. 9, 2016.Sean Rayford/AP FILE
Razor wire protects a perimeter of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., in this Feb. 9, 2016.

The deadly altercation occurred in three housing units at the maximum security prison, which is located about 60 miles east of Columbia.

It was not immediately clear what started the incident.

PHOTO: Ambulances respond to Lee Correctional Institution in this photo posted to Facebook by Lee Fire Department Public Information Officer.Lee Fire Dept. PIO/Facebook
Ambulances respond to Lee Correctional Institution in this photo posted to Facebook by Lee Fire Department Public Information Officer.

PHOTO: An ambulance responds to Lee Correctional Institution in this photo posted to Facebook by Lee Fire Department Public Information Officer.Lee Fire Dept. PIO/Facebook
An ambulance responds to Lee Correctional Institution in this photo posted to Facebook by Lee Fire Department Public Information Officer.

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