What hit my car? Was it a rock or a bullet?

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(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Interstate 10 freeway shootings have a lot of people on edge. If you're like many people, you might be wondering what to do or how to know if you’ve been shot at.

With Department of Public Safety officers investigating bullets, projectiles and everything in between, many people are wondering how to know the difference between a rock strike or a bullet hit.

"They're going to sound the same," Jeffrey Roberts, an auto glass expert for Auto Glass Repair & Replacement, said. "I mean, you're driving down the road, a bullet hits the windshield, a rock hits the windshield, ultimately your first reaction is, ‘I've been shot.'"

Roberts said a windshield is built like a net.

"A windshield is two pieces of glass with a piece of laminate in between, or plastic," he explained.

Because of that design, Roberts said there are some key differences between the look of rock damage and the appearance of bullet holes.

"Chances are a bullet is actually going to make a hole through the windshield versus a rock, [which] isn't necessarily going to come through both pieces of glass and make a hole,' Robert said.

DPS recommends anybody who thinks they have been shot at should go down to the next exit, pull off the freeway and call 911.  

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