Seven dead after fights at SC maximum security prison

7 inmates dead 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

No police officers or jail employees were injured, the section mentioned. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution previous year.

The department said the riot erupted Sunday evening at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina and was brought under control at 2:55 am on Monday.

"The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units", the department said.

No officers were hurt but again, 7 inmates have died and 17 others require medical attention.

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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.