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Seven inmates killed, 17 injured in a South Carolina prison riot

  • Seven inmates were killed and 17 were injured after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina Sunday night
  • No staff members were killed or injured in the ‘mass casualty’ incident 

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured after a riot broke out at a South Carolina prison Sunday night, according to officials.

At least six emergency agencies responded to the “mass casualty incident” at Lee Correctional Institution in Lee County that resulted to the death of seven inmates and 17 other inmates requiring medical attention, the S.C. Department of Corrections announced early Monday morning.

No staff members were killed or injured in the ‘mass casualty’ incident.

Officials said the fight, likely gang-related, began from a disagreement over territory, contraband, and cellphones.

“These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they’re incarcerated,” SC Department of Corrections Director Brian Stirling said via The State.

Stirling has been pressing for the technical power and administrative authority to block cell phone signals from the prison. He said cellphones allow gang leaders to continue criminal operations while incarcerated.

Lee Correctional Institution, which opened 25 years ago, holds around 1,300 prisoners.