7 inmates killed in "incident" at maximum security SC prison

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina is seen in this image from Google Maps

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina is seen in this image from Google Maps

The warden of a SC prison where seven inmates died during a riot needs to step down, and the FBI needs to open an investigation, the National Action Network said Tuesday.

The department said that seven inmates were killed and that 17 had injuries requiring outside medical help after multiple fights broke out around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

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He said no officers were wounded.

Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

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The facility was secured at 2:55 a.m. ET Monday. Mutual aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

SC Corrections Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating. "The burden of this lies at the feet of the warden and the state of SC".

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No additional details were immediately provided on the cause of the incident at the prison. It is in Bishopville, S.C., about 40 miles east of Columbia, the capital. The state capital is home to the Kirkland Correctional Institution, where four inmates were fatally strangled a year ago. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

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