Folsom prison inmates shot, stabbed during riot | Crime
FOLSOM, CA - A shooting at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom has left several inmates and prison staff with injuries.
The riot began Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. and lasted about 10 minutes before staff were able to get it contained. Sgt. Tony Quinn of the California Department of Corrections said the riot lasted an "extremely long" time.
The riot started in the Unit-C Facility, which is the prison's recreational area for inmates.
"It's a main exercise yard. (It was) just regular(recreation) time --they're just out playing basketball, normal activities, and then a riot erupted, said Quinn.
About 50 inmates were involved. By the time prison staff were able to get it under control using pepper spray, rubber projectiles and firearms, 10 inmates were injured. Two of them had gunshot wounds. The others had stab wounds and suffered blunt force trauma.
The inmates were taken to Sacramento-area hospitals. Quinn said four people were released from the hospital on Wednesday evening. One inmate was admitted to the hospital, but Quinn did not know what type of injuries.
Prison staff also suffered some minor injuries, but none were hospitalized.
Quinn says a total of 7 rounds were fired by prison staff. Some inmates were also stabbed by other inmates, but Quinn said the staff can't confirm at this time what weapons were used.
Five weapons were found in various locations throughout the prison yard.
Officers are reviewing surveillance video and trying to figure out how the large-scale riot started.
As of Wednesday evening, the prison remained on lockdown; inmates have limited movement and are confined to cells.