Emergency crews are on the scene at Target on Louisiana Avenue investigating reports of a suspicious package being found in the parking lot.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said Haz-Mat crews are on the scene vigilantly watching what he described as a "piece of luggage."

Local authorities are awaiting the arrival of Louisiana State Police's bomb squad to continue the investigation.

The public is advised to avoid the area until the retail center is deemed safe.

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