Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

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

A SC prisons spokesman says 7 inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison. Officials say the institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. Monday morning.

The Lee Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison located in Bishopville, South Carolina.

State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night.

In a statement, SCDC Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they will be investigating the incident.

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

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Emergency services from neighboring SC counties responded to the incident.

While no other details are immediately available, Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon confirms deputies are assisting SCDOC in its response at the maximum security prison.

The facility, which opened in 1993, houses around 1,500 prisoners, including some of the state's most violent criminals, reports the Associated Press.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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