South Carolina Prison Fights Leave 7 Dead and 17 Injured

Authorities responded to an

The Lee Correctional Institution has been the scene of several violent incidents in recent years.

"These folks are fighting over real money and real territory when they are incarcerated", Stirling said.

The person taking the video says it is across the hall from where one of the attacks took place.

Last November, another dispute between two prisoners led to the stabbing death of inmate Larry Rainey.

Damonte Rivera, 24, serving life for murder.

Corey Scott, 38, serving 22 years for kidnapping.

This shows the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, 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 SC.

An inmate who witnessed a riot inside a SC prison says he saw bodies stacking up on each other and correctional officers didn't do anything to stop the violence or check on the injured. All prison guards and law enforcement authorities who responded were "safe and accounted for", it said. Officials didn't immediately say what sparked the violence.

A reason for that, in turn, is low pay, with the Post and Courier pointing out that a prison guard has an annual starter salary of about $27,000 - about $4,000 less than a garbage truck driver would bring home. An inmate who witnessed the violence told The Associated Press that bodies were "literally stacked on top of each other".

Prison staff delayed sending in reinforcements for four hours as a means of ensuring no guards were fatally injured.

A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, South Carolina.

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Stirling was appointed by then-Gov. When McMaster took over as governor past year, he kept Stirling, who had previously worked for him in the state Attorney General's Office.

Seven inmates died during hours of rioting that began Sunday evening.

Inmates fought uninterrupted before authorities regained control of the prison about 3 a.m. Monday.

Autopsies will be conducted on the seven inmates, but the coroner's initial investigation suggested that most of the deaths were caused by beatings or stabbings.

Most of the victims appeared to have died as a result of stabbings or slashings with homemade knives, known as "shanks". The names of the deceased were released shortly before noon.

Bishopville - Seven South Carolina prison inmates were stabbed to death and 17 others injured in an eight-hour-long riot that stands as the deadliest in the United States since 1993, according to state officials and a prison safety expert.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says the incident started at 7:15pm on Sunday and it involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units. The fighting, involving multiple inmates, spread to three housing units before it was secured at around 2:55 a.m. Monday.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from at least seven jurisdictions lined up outside the prison to tend to the wounded. Mutual Aid was received from FlorenceCounty EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records.

In 2015, two officers were stabbed in a fight.

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