Reported 'ongoing incident' at the Lee Correctional Institution

LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in SC.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in an incident at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, authorities said.

Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m.

All prison staff and responding law enforcement were safe after the incident, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote.

In a statement, SCDC Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they will be investigating the incident. One inmate killed another during a fight in February. Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 more were injured during a "mass casualty incident" at a maximum security prison in SC. An investigation has been launched into how the riot broke out.

The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported.

According to the State, the officer was "overpowered" by the prisoners during the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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