7 inmates believed killed and 17 injured in a series of fights inside a South Carolina maximum security prison

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.

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