SEVEN lags have been killed after an EIGHT-hour gang-related riot erupted in one of America’s most notorious jails.
Another 17 inmates were wounded in the attack in the deadliest US prison riot since 1993.
Seven prisoners were killed during an eight hour riot at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, US[/caption]
Forty-four guards were on duty when a fight broke out in a dorm at the 1,583-inmate prison on Sunday evening. Chaos soon escalated as the brawl spread across two other dorms in the high-security prison.
Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other in a bloody fight over territory and money at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, US.
A prisoner who witnessed the violence said bodies “were literally stacked on top of each other”.
The anonymous inmate also claimed correctional officers and medical personnel failed to attend to the dead of dying scattered across the bloody prison floor.
Top left to right; Corey Scott, 38, Eddie Casey Gaskins, 32, Raymond Angelo Scott, 28 and Damonte Rivera, 24; bottom left to right, Michael Milledge, 44, Cornelius McClary and Joshua Jenkins, 33, were killed in the fatal brawl[/caption]
Banned mobile phones were said to have been used to help stir up trouble.
All seven deaths were the result of stabbing injuries. No prison guards were hurt.
Prison staff delayed sending in reinforcements for four hours as a means of ensuring no guards were fatally injured.
South Carolina prisons chief Bryan Stirling said: “This was all about territory. This was about contraband, this was about cellphones.
“These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they’re incarcerated.
“We gathered as many people as we could, as quickly as we could and went in as soon as we thought it was safe for our staff.”
Forty-four guards were on duty when a fight broke out in a dorm at the 1,583-inmate prison in South Carolina, US[/caption]
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, left with Bryan Striling, spoke of his outrage at being unable to clamp down on mobile phone signals in prisons[/caption]
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster expressed his fury at being unable to clamp down on mobile phone signals in prisons.
He said: “There are prisons around the country — state prisons, federal prisons all – that would be safer with this jamming.”
It was the most inmates slain in a single riot in the US since nine prisoners and a guard died in 1993 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facilty.
The 11-day riot – which features in Netflix documentary Captive – saw an unlikely alliance between prison gangs Gangster Disciples, Muslims and Ayran Brotherhood in an attempt to murder ‘snitch’ inmates.
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