Gang dispute sparks deadliest U.S. prison riot in 25 years – official

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 16, 2018) (NBC) – A gang-related dispute sparked an overnight riot in a South Carolina prison that killed seven inmates, the deadliest U.S. prison riot since 1993, state officials and prison safety experts said on Monday (April 16).

Another 17 people were wounded in an eight-hour long series of fights at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, said Bryan Stirling, director of the state Department of Corrections.

It was the deadliest U.S. prison riot since 1993, when nine inmates and one corrections officer died at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

All seven deaths were the result of stabbing injuries, said Lee County Coroner Larry Logan.

The prison has 1,583 inmates. Forty-four guards were on duty at the time the violence broke out. They gathered reinforcements before moving in to quell the riot and encountered no resistance when they moved in.

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