Seven inmates killed in SC prison altercation

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Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured in a riot at a maximum security prison in SC, the southern U.S. state's Department of Corrections said.

Jeff Taillon spoke after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday. No details yet on what set off the fight, only that "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" broke out in three housing units about 7:15pm Sunday, per a tweet from the state Department of Corrections.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

The maximum-security lockup in Bishopville - 55 miles east of Columbia - houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. One inmate killed another in February this year.