Susanville prison fight sends six inmates to hospitals
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) ” Prison officials were investigating an interracial fight at a prison that sent six maximum-security inmates to hospitals over the weekend.
A tower guard trying to stop the fight shot a seventh inmate, Jamal Walker, in the hip. Walker was being treated at the infirmary at High Desert State Prison, said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Officers reported that they saw Walker repeatedly kicking another inmate in the head while he was on the ground before one of them fired at him.
About 70 black and Hispanic inmates were involved in the fight that began in an exercise yard around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and lasted just four minutes, he said.
Tower guards fired three warning shots, then three shots aimed at inmates, hitting one man, Sessa said. Guards in the towers and on the ground also fired projectiles designed to knock inmates down.
No prison employees were injured.
Two inmates were taken to a Reno trauma center and four to a Susanville hospital, Sessa said. Five of the six were being treated for stab wounds, the sixth after he complained of chest pains and heart problems.
Thirteen prison-made makeshift knives also were seized.
Inmates from the part of the prison where the fight occurred were locked in their cells through the weekend while an investigation into the fight conti