7 inmates killed in SC prison violence

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A SC prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the deaths after state police helped secure Lee Correctional Institution in the early hours of Monday. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

He said multiple fights broke out at 7.15pm on Sunday evening.

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He said no officers were wounded. EMS crews from Florence County, Kershaw County, Lexington County and Hartsville also responded.

Lee Correctional is a maximum security facility - 55 miles east of Columbia - housing over 1,000 of South Carolina's most violent offenders. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution a year ago.

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