Two inmates were stabbed at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup yesterday during a fight involving several inmates wielding homemade weapons, state corrections officials confirmed.
Both of the injured men were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of stab wounds to the chest, said George Gregory, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction. Both were listed in critical condition last night.
The fight occurred about 10:15 a.m. in one of the maximum-security prison's dormitories, Gregory said. He said a 33-year-old inmate serving a life sentence for murder was confronted by two inmates with "shanks," which are homemade knives. Several other inmates in the area jumped in, assaulting the two attackers, the spokesman said.
The inmate who was the target of the original attack and one of his two assailants, a 27-year-old serving a life sentence for murder, were taken to Shock Trauma. The second assailant was treated for less serious injuries in the prison infirmary, Gregory said.
He said "several weapons" were recovered at the scene but did not know the specific number. He also could not say how many inmates were involved.
Officers responded immediately as the attack unfolded and called for the assistance of medical staff, Gregory said.
The dormitory where the assault took place, which houses up to 60 inmates, was placed on lockdown status, in which inmates are largely confined to their cells. The prison houses about 1,200 inmates.
State police and internal investigators are investigating, Gregory said.