Several injured during riot at California State Prison in Folsom | News
FOLSOM -- A shooting at the California State Prison 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 guards were able to get it contained. Sgt. Tony Quinn of the California Department of Corrections says a riot lasting 10 minutes is a long time.
The riot started in the C Facility, which is the prison's recreational area for inmates.
"It's a main exercise yard, just regular rec yard. They were playing bball and 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.
They have been taken to the hospital. Prison staff also suffered some minor injuries.
Quinn says a total of 7 rounds were fired by prison staff. Some inmates were also stabbed by other inmates, but Quinn says the staff can't confirm at this time what weapons were used.
Officers are reviewing surveillance video and trying to figure out how the large-scale riot started.