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7 Inmates Killed in South Carolina Prison Fights, Possibly Over Contraband

Bishopville, SC. (CNN) - Quarrels about turf and contraband apparently led to the deaths of seven inmates at a South Carolina prison, authorities say.

"What we believe from initial investigation is that this was all about territory, about contraband, about cellphones," said Bryan Stirling, the state's director of corrections.

"These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they're incarcerated."

The first fight began around 7:15 p.m. Sunday in a dorm housing about 250 inmates. Response teams from across the state started heading toward the facility in Bishopville, Stirling said.

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