Latest: Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Carnival Cruise Passenger

July 13, 2010

(9:45 p.m. EDT) -- The Associated Press and other media outlets are reporting tonight that a suspect has been arrested in connection with yesterday's deadly shooting of a 14-year-old girl traveling onboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Victory. The teenager was ashore on a safari bus with her family near Coki Point Beach when she was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between local gangs.

According to the Associated Press, Steven Tyson surrendered to authorities this afternoon after posters naming him as a suspect appeared throughout the island.

Earlier today, Carnival and other cruise lines that call on St. Thomas announced the cancellation of tours to the Coki Beach area (the victim, Lizmarie Perez Chapparro of San Juan, was not on a ship-sponsored tour and was traveling independently).

Will cruise lines pull out of St. Thomas? The full outcome of recent violent events such as this one remains to be seen. In the meantime, will you skip St. Thomas? There's still time to vote in polls on both our U.S. and U.K. homepages -- be sure, too, to join the discussions on Facebook, Twitter and, of course, the message boards.

--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor

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