Lee Correctional Institute in South Carolina was home to a riot over the weekend that claimed the lives of seven inmates and injured 17 others. Thankfully, law enforcement was able to contain the riot before it claimed more lives, and police are now trying to discover the cause of the incident.
The riot started around 7:15 pm on Sunday, April 15, and it went on for nearly 8 hours. The fighting broke out in three housing units according to prison spokesman Jeff Taillon. Prison staff and responding law enforcement officers were able to secure the prison around 2:55 am.
No prison staff or law enforcement were injured in the incident, and they have all been reported safe. According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the State Law Enforcement Division is assisting prison officials as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the riot.
According to Larry Logan, the Lee County Coroner, the dead inmates were killed by stabbing and slashing wounds. The inmates identities have been revealed: Raymond Angelo Scott, Michael Milledge, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Corey Scott, and Cornelius Quantral McClary.
Lee Correctional is one of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons. They have been home to several recent incidents, including the incident in March where prisoners took an officer hostage and took over control of a dorm room for 25 minutes before law enforcement reclaimed the room.
A majority of the inmates are gang affiliated, making for a combustive environment. According to one prisoner who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity, several attackers were seen taunting a rival gang member who was wounded during the riot.
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