Inmates Dead in SC After Massive Prison Brawl

TUESDAY FEB. 9 2016

Seven prison inmates were killed and 17 injured in an hours-long series of events involving multiple fights between inmates at a prison in SC, the state Corrections Department said on Twitter.

The fight started Sunday night at 7:15 p.m. ET and wasn't contained until 2:55 a.m. ET Monday morning, a prison spokesman added.

No officers were hurt in the violence at three housing units, he said.

Earlier, state police were called to attend an "ongoing situation" at the the prison.

The South Carolina Corrections Department said on Twitter that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight on Sunday to the situation at Lee Correctional Institution.

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

They say the incident resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and seven inmates were killed.

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