California prison riot leaves multiple people injured

A riot at a Southern California prison Friday night left multiple people injured, including at least two with serious injuries.

Violence started when a fight broke out between around 80 inmates in a medium-security yard at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County, officials with the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Correctional officers ordered the inmates to stop fighting and proceeded to fire "less-than-lethal" rounds to stop the brawl, the Union-Tribune reported, citing state officials.

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The newspaper reported that five people were injured in the riot and that they were transported to local hospitals with injuries such as puncture wounds as well as cuts and bruises to the head, neck and upper body.

Cal Fire's San Diego bureau had confirmed on Twitter that it was responding to an "event involving multiple patients" at the prison. It initially said that six people were being given medical attention.

"Approximately 100 inmates were in the yard at the time, but Cal Fire had adequate resources and the situation is stabilized," a Cal Fire spokesman told CNN.

The Hill has reached out to Cal Fire authorities for comment.

A Cal Fire commander requested air ambulances to transport the injured prisoners to hospitals, according to the newspaper. Cal Fire sent an additional eight ambulances, two medical helicopters and five medic engines to the prison in case of further injuries. 

The two people with serious injuries were reportedly airlifted to receive medical services.

Around 11 p.m. local time, the emergency agency tweeted that prison officials had confirmed "there are no further patients.”

This is not the first time injuries have been reported at the facility this year.

In April, three inmates were injured after seven prisoners ganged up on one in a maximum-security yard, according to the Union-Tribune. In February, another riot involving at least 50 prisoners left 10 injured.

In December, two inmates were stabbed during another riot before guards used pepper spray to break up the prisoners.