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Inmates shot at Folsom prison

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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A riot involving approximately 50 inmates in the maximum-security yard at California State Prison-Sacramento (commonly known as New Folsom Prison) was contained shortly after it broke out at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. LeVance Quinn, the prison's public information officer. “Prison staff used pepper spray and rubber projectiles and fired shots to quell the incident,” Quinn said. “At this time, at least nine inmates have been transported to Sacramento-area hospitals for treatment of stab wounds, gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma. Their conditions are unknown at this time.” Quinn said there are preliminary reports of minor injuries to some officers who responded to the incident. The Folsom-area prison has been placed on lockdown pending further investigation into this matter, Quinn said. Officers are currently identifying the injured, so there are no exact numbers yet on how many were hurt, said Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Terry Thornton. “We responded to the prison and assisted prison staff for a multiple casualty incident,” said Folsom Fire Department Division Chief John Haberek. “There were 11 people transported by ambulance.” Sac Metro also provided medical aid. The prison is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.