A wild prison riot broke out Sunday night at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina over gang territory and cell phones. Inmates with smuggled cell phones filmed the action from inside the prison.
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According to prison officials, the riot was actually a fight over gang territory and the use of the use of cell phones – thrown over the fence or smuggled inside. The violent altercation broke out Sunday evening and raged for seven hours. When it was all over, seven inmates were dead and 17 more were injured. Officials are calling this the deadliest prisoner riot in the U.S. in 25 years. No prison employees or law-enforcement were injured.
“What we believe is that this was all about territory, this was about contraband, this was about cellphones,” Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said Monday. “These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they’re incarcerated.”
Lee County Fire/Rescue assisted With a Mass Causality Incident at Lee Correctional. Mutual Aid was received from FlorenceCounty EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue. Assistance was also received from Med One a private service. pic.twitter.com/P22A1ruzQY
— Lee County Fire (@LeeCountyFire) April 16, 2018
Inmates attacked one another with homemade knives, according to the Associated Press, as the violence broke out around 7:15 p.m. Sunday and lasted until 2:55 a.m. Monday morning at the 1,600-inmate facility. An inmate who witnessed the violence told the AP: bodies were “literally stacked on top of each other.”
According to the local eye-witness news station, “The state Department of Corrections also identified the inmates as Raymond Angelo Scott, Michael Milledge, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Corey Scott, and Cornelius Quantral McClary.”
Lee Correctional Institution was secured at 2:55 AM following an incident which started at 7:15 PM. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units.
— SC Dept. Corrections (@SCDCNews) April 16, 2018