At least seven dead after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

Entrance to Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina                        WLTX-TV

Local fire and rescue officials said that they were responding to a "mass casualty incident" Monday morning at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, which serves as a state prison for men.

The fighting began at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) said all staff and law enforcement officers who were called to the maximum security prison are now safe and accounted for.

Lee Correctional Institution was secured at around 2:55 a.m. after incident involving inmates in three housing units, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote on Twitter.

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

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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.

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight.

This is a developing story, check back for more details.

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