Inmates Killed, 17 More Injured, in South Carolina Prison Violence

BREAKING: Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

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. Response teams, who were home at the time, were activated at 9 p.m., and SLED responded at 9:23 p.m. Teams entered the first dorm at 11:30 p.m., the second dorm at 12:30 am. and the last dorm at 2 a.m.

S.C. House Democrats Tuesday called for an investigation into the S.C. Department of Corrections after seven S.C. inmates died and 17 more were injured in a Sunday night riot at a maximum-security prison. "They always want to bring up the cell phones and the contraband, there's other contraband in here besides cell phones - there's drugs, there's cigarettes".

A pilot program authorized using scheduled overtime pay in five medium- and maximum-security prisons to cover staff shortages during officer shift changes "and at other critical times when inmates were moving about the institutions", the agency said.

Lee County EMS personnel are also responding, according to a source.

As of April 16 at midnight, the SCDC website accounts for 1,266 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution.

Gov. Henry McMaster said these types of incidents are avoided, or kept to a minimum, by rules and regulations, protocol and training.

The circumstances of the seven deaths are now under investigations.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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