"He said, 'Mom, I have something to tell you. Don't get mad at me.' 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.'"
The Feasterville mother told only Action News her son was inside that midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado where police say James Holmes opened fire. Carey was hit several times in the leg.
"He was in survival mode when he got out of there," said Marcy. "I don't even know how he got out of there. He just said he got out, passed out and then there was a helicopter."
That medical helicopter took him to a nearby hospital.
His mother, who moved back home to Bucks County from Wisconsin two years ago, says she raised her son in Wisconsin before he went off to college and later became a salesman at Coors Brewing Company in Denver.
She was able to speak with her son at least twice Friday after he underwent surgery.
"I said, 'Have you been watching the news all day?' And he said, 'Mom, I lived it. I don't have to watch it.'"
For the man who's accused of shooting her son and dozens of other people, Marcy said, "death penalty? Yes. That many people, kids out enjoying themselves, you can't go to a movie anymore?"
And this mother won't allow herself to think, "What if?"
"No, no, no. My heart goes out to those people, i just don't know how they're going on," she said.
Marcy Rottman says her son is resilient and he's already fighting to recover. He'll have a second surgery in a few days. His mother says she will leave here to be by his side as soon as possible.