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Report: Carnival Cruise Passenger Shot Dead In St. Thomas

July 14, 2010 By: Joe Pike

Various news outlets are reporting that a 14-year-old female Carnival cruise passenger was shot dead in St. Thomas Monday after she reportedly got caught in crossfire of a gang shootout.

The Associated Press reports the that Lizmarie Perez Chapparro and her family arrived in St. Thomas aboard the Carnival Victory, a 2,758-passenger cruise ship that sails out of San Juan. She was struck by a bullet as she rode with her family on a "safari bus" that ferries tourists across the popular island destination, according to the AP.

Carnival pokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz called the death an "unfathomable act of senseless violence" and said the line is suspending all excursions that include the St. Thomas neighborhood where the shooting took place until further notice, according to the Associated Press.

On Tuesday, USA Today reported that there was an unusual calm settling over the usually loud and vibrant St. Thomas as political leaders and tourism official worked to put the cruise industry and other tourists at ease.

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