Reported 'ongoing incident' at the Lee Correctional Institution

Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

BREAKING: Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in SC, according to the state's corrections department.

The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 injured following an incident at Lee Correctional Sunday night. The Lee County Fire department also said they assisted with a "mass casualty incident" at the prison.

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Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

Emergency services from several SC counties responded to the "mass casualty incident", Lee County Fire wrote in a tweet.

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps.

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Corrections officials did not immediately say what led to the incident and why it took hours to stop the series of altercations. An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017, another was stabbed to death in November, and a third was killed in February.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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