Gov. Henry McMaster's spokesman Brian Symmes tells The Associated Press on Monday that the governor has "complete confidence" in director Bryan Stirling's ability to lead the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps. The prison was secure just before 3 a.m., the agency said.
The maximum-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. One inmate killed another in February.
At least six emergency agencies responded to a "mass casualty incident" that lasted more than seven hours and left seven inmates dead at a SC prison late Sunday, according to officials.