SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S. - Scenes of chaos and violence unfolded at a maximum security prison in South Carolina, which left 7 inmates dead and at least 17 others injured.
The state Corrections Department said on Monday that clashes broke out among inmates at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville at about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Authorities said that the fighting spread to three housing units, but that no officers were injured.
In its statement issued on its Facebook page, the department said that order was completely restored at about 3 a.m. Monday.
The statement read, "All SCDC staff and responding law enforcement officers are safe and accounted for.”
An investigation had been launched by the department's police service unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The 25-year-old prison currently holds about 1,700 of some of South Carolina’s most violent offenders.
However, the violent riot on Sunday wasn’t a one-time incident.
Three weeks back, inmates overpowered a guard and held him hostage, taking control of part of a dorm for about 90 minutes.
The guard was later released uninjured.
Before that, in February, an inmate fatally stabbed another.
Meanwhile, the Lee County Fire and Rescue said on Monday that it had assisted with the "mass casualty incident" at the prison.
Further, Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue and a private ambulance service are said to have responded to the incident.