Seven inmates killed in SC prison violence

'Mass casualty incident' reported at SC maximum security prison

No officers or staff members were among those killed or harmed, the corrections department added. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution past year.

South Carolina's governor is expressing support for his state prisons chief following riots at a maximum-security prison that killed seven inmates.

The spokesman for Lee Correctional Institution says the fights started around 7 p.m. Sunday night.

A coroner says it appears numerous seven inmates who were killed during hours of rioting at a maximum security SC prison died of stabbing and slashing wounds.

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Logan said he just finished identifying all the dead Monday and is working to notify relatives.

SCDC says the prison was secured at 2:55 a.m. Some local media reported the local coroner had been called. In recent years, there have been several large insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells.

Lee is a maximum-security prison that houses 1,600 inmates, including some of the state's most violent offenders, reports the State.

Seven inmates were killed in prison fights at Lee Correctional Institution.

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