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Suspected gang members charged after holding center attack

An inmate in the Erie County Holding Center was attacked by two suspected members of a rival gang, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

The attack happened early Tuesday morning in a housing unit and was stopped by deputies, the spokesman said. The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his head, body and lower leg.

Inmates Billie Sweat, 26, and Seymour Atkinson, 29, were charged with felony counts of assault, and also face administrative discipline charges, the spokesman said.

Sweat and Atkinson were originally jailed on separate weapons charges, both for carrying a loaded firearms.