7 inmates killed, 17 others injured in South Carolina prison brawl

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Seven inmates were dead and 17 others injured after a brawl broke out inside Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, a prison spokesman confirmed Monday morning.

The fight started Sunday at 7:15 p.m. ET and was contained at 2:55 a.m. ET Monday, according to Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

No officers were injured, said Taillon.

Lee Correctional is a maximum security facility for men -- 55 miles east of Columbia -- housing over 1,000 of South Carolina's most violent offenders. The attack was the fourth deadly incident at the facility in the past 10 months.

Last month, inmates reportedly overpowered an officer for more than an hour and took control of one side of a housing unit.

In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.

Last November, another dispute between two prisoners led to the stabbing death of inmate Larry Rainey.

And last July, inmate Christian D. Ray died from injuries suffered during a fight.

Additional details stating the cause of Sunday's fight have yet to be released.