The bloody melee that left seven prisoners dead and 22 wounded last week in Bishopville wasn’t a riot. Inmates at Lee Correctional Institution didn’t rebel for hours against guards. Rather, they went after each other.
What happened inside this maximum-security prison was a gang war among Bloods, Crips and others who lurked and viciously attacked, hunting enemies with shanks and other weapons. It was a battle over prison turf, money and contraband.