Seven inmates were killed and dozens more inmates were injured in an overnight riot that lasted more than seven hours Sunday night, and into Monday morning, at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, SC, according to reports by prison officials.
A total of seven inmates have died and 17 more inmates have required medical treatment in what has been called a “mass casualty incident” that has prompted responses by at least six emergency agencies.
The Lee Correctional Institution is a maximum security South Carolina Department of Corrections state prison located in Bishopville, SC, which is in Lee County South Carolina, 55 miles east of Columbia. Lee Correctional Institution was opened in 1993 and has a stated capacity of 1,785 inmates.
Lee County Fire and Rescue stated in a social media posting that they responded to the incident, and emergency management services (EMS) from the town of Hartsville, as well as Florence County, Kershaw County, Lexington County are reported to have responded as well.
The names of the deceased and injured inmates have not been released.
According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, all prison staff and law enforcement officers who responded to the incident have been reported safe.
The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is reported to be assisting the prison officials in the investigation of the incident.
Aaron Joyner is listed as the Warden of the Lee Correctional Facility, according to the SC DOC page for the prison.
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The inmates who were killed in the nearly seven hour long riot have been announced:
Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Age 32
Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Age 33
Damonte Marquez Rivera, Age 24
Cornelius Quantral McClary, Age 33
Michael Milledge, Age 44
Raymond Angelo Scott, Age 28
Corey Scott, Age 38