Some Valley school districts keeping buses off I-10

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Even though police have a suspect in custody who they say is forensically tied to least four of the 11 freeway shootings, school districts worry copycats might still be out there. 

Shortly after the shootings began in late August, school districts including Fowler Elementary, Avondale, Union and Roosevelt decided to reroute school buses to stay off Interstate 10.  

[RELATED: Valley school districts rerouting buses to avoid freeways]

Investigators arrested a suspect, Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., on Friday. They believe he is connected to the first four shootings. That, however, leaves seven other incidents without a suspect, stoking fears of a copycat.

Dr. Marvene Lobato, the superintendent of the Fowler Elementary School District says she still worries for her students' safety.

"For our students, that’s just not enough," she said. "There are still seven [shootings] that we don’t have answers for."

[INFOGRAPHIC: Freeway shooting incidents by date]

Parents in the district were alerted that the route changes will remain in place.

"For us, it's worth the safety of our children and staff," Lobato said. 

Lobato says the policy will remain until investigators can say for certain that all of those involved in the shootings have been caught. 

[RELATED: Questions and answers about the Phoenix freeway shootings]

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