Update 11:53 a.m. - Trooper Stephen Hammons says the device has been rendered safe and Johnston Street is now open. The investigation has been turned over to Lafayette Police.


11:14 a.m. - A "suspicious package" is being investigated right now at the Chevron on Johnston Street near Camellia Boulevard.

Trooper Stephen Hammons says Louisiana State Police, Lafayette Police and Lafayette Fire Department Haz-Mat officials are on the scene. Hammons says they are evacuating the Chevron as well as the snow-ball stand right behind the station. Hammons says there are several other businesses in the immediate area that have requested a shelter in place.

As of right now, it's a developing situation and Hammons says they are taking as many safety precautions as they can. He says they do have specialized equipment on the way from the Lake Charles area.

We will let you know more as the story unfolds.