7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in SC, according to the state's corrections department.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will provide an update to the Lee Correctional Institution incident with South Carolina Corrections and SLED officials at 1:30 PM at the SCDC headquarters in Columbia.

He said no officers were wounded.

The Department of Corrections says the prison was secured just before 3 am Monday. Mutual aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Authorities responded to an "ongoing incident" at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, S.C.

No other details are immediately available, but Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon confirmed deputies are assisting in the response.

Three weeks ago, inmates overpowered a guard, holding him hostage and taking control of part of a dorm for about 90 minutes. One inmate killed another in February this year.

Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize for DAMN
N.Korea, China 'discussing Xi visit to Pyongyang'