At least SEVEN inmates are killed and 17 injured in a series of fights inside a South Carolina maximum security prison that took eight hours to bring under control

Seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a South Carolina maximum security prison.
Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3am Monday.
Taillon said multiple fights in three housing units broke out around 7:15pm Sunday.
Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured after several fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina Sunday night 
Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured after several fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina Sunday night 
The prison, which houses some of the state's most violent offenders, was secured around 3am Monday morning. Above, emergency crews at the scene 
The prison, which houses some of the state's most violent offenders, was secured around 3am Monday morning. Above, emergency crews at the scene 
About seven fights broke out just after 7pm on Sunday. It comes less than a month after an officer was briefly held hostage at the facility. Above, emergency crews on the scene overnight
About seven fights broke out just after 7pm on Sunday. It comes less than a month after an officer was briefly held hostage at the facility. Above, emergency crews on the scene overnight
No officers were wounded or killed in the 'mass casualty incident'. 
Six local emergency agencies responded to the riot.  
The maximum-security facility in Bishopville, 55 miles east of Columbia, houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. 
The prison has often been the site of violent incidents.