Seven dead, multiple people injured after incident at Lee Correctional Institute

(Clockwise from L-R) Corey Scott, Cornelius Quantral McClary, Raymond Angelo Scott, Michael Milledge, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins and Damonte Marquez Rivera (South Carolina Department of Corrections)

COLUMBIA (WACH) --- The South Carolina Department of Corrections and SLED responded to an ongoing situation at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.

The incident happened Sunday night around 7:15 p.m.

Seven inmates were killed in the incident while 17 others needed medical attention.

The inmates killed have been identified as Raymond Angelo Scott, Michael Milledge, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Corey Scott and Cornelius Quantral McClary.

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were also called to the scene. SCDC officials and law enforcement officers are safe, however.

According to the SCDC website, Lee Correctional is a Level 3 maximum security prison for men.

This situation follows a series of incidents that have occurred at this facility within the past few months.

Just last month there was a prison riot.

In February an inmate died after an altercation and back in November an inmate was stabbed to death.

South Carolina prisons director says a riot that led to the deaths of seven inmates was a fight over money, territory and contraband.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said cellphones helped stir up trouble Sunday night at the Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville. He says the fights started in one unit and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two more units.

Stirling says it took several hours to restore order, but once a special SWAT team entered, the inmates gave up peacefully.

Stirling says there were only two guards in each unit and they followed their training to back out and ask for support if they are outnumbered.

The riot was the deadliest in the United States in the past 25 years.

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