Inmates killed in fight at SC prison

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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.

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling reiterated their call for cell phone jamming to be allowed in prisons after a deadly riot that left seven inmates dead.

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday and involved "multiple inmate altercations in three housing units", Taillon said. Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday.

He said no officers were wounded. Aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

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The Department said all law enforcement responders were safe and accounted for. The department's police service unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were investigating. "The burden of this lies at the feet of the warden and the state of SC". The prison capacity is 1,272 according to the SCDC website.

Emergency services from several SC counties responded to the "mass casualty incident", Lee County Fire wrote in a tweet. The state capital is home to the Kirkland Correctional Institution, where four inmates were fatally strangled a year ago.

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.