Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven
hours at a South Carolina prison Sunday night and into Monday morning,
according to officials.
At least six emergency agencies responded to the "mass casualty
incident" at Lee Correctional Institution in Lee County that resulted in
the seven inmate deaths and 17 other inmates requiring medical
attention, the S.C. Department of Corrections announced early Monday
Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that
many of the prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from
"shanks," Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. The official cause of
death will not be determined until after the autopsies.