A call no mother wants to get

Posted: July 22, 2012

The call came at 1:30 a.m., and what her son said was about the last thing a mother would want to hear.

"'I was shot,'" Carey Rottman told his mother, Marcy Rottman, who lives in Feasterville, Bucks County.

Carey Rottman, a native of Mequon, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb, was one of the 59 people injured in Colorado when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater. Twelve people were killed.

Rottman was wounded in the leg.

In an interview with Channel 6, Marcy Rottman recounted the conversation she had with her son shortly after the horrific incident.

"He said, 'Mom, I have something to tell you. Don't get mad at me,' " she told Channel 6. "And I said, 'It's 1:30 in the morning. What happened? Why would I get mad at you?' And then he said, 'I was shot.' "

Marcy Rottman, who had raised her son in Wisconsin, moved back to her native Bucks County from Wisconsin two years ago.

Carey Rottman went on to attend Winona State College in Minnesota, where he was a football star, and now works at the Coors Brewing Co., in Colorado.

Dale Rottman, of Mequon, the victim's father, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his son could be released from the hospital sometime between Tuesday and Thursday.

He said that Carey Rottman is expected to undergo surgery on his leg and a skin graft between Sunday and Tuesday.

"He said it's sore, but he actually about a year ago had reconstructive surgery on his knee and he said it's not as bad as that," Dale Rottman told the newspaper.

The newspaper said that Dale Rottman and his wife, Colleen Crane, Carey Rottman's stepmother, caught the first flight they could get to Denver.

"It's the phone call you don't want to get," Dale Rottman said.

- Inquirer staff report

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