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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 12:00 am

MILWAUKEE -- A Wisconsin native was recovering Friday after the deadly shooting rampage at a Denver area movie theater showing the new Batman movie.

Carey Rottman, 27, and his friend were wounded by the gunman who killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Rottman posted on his Facebook page from a hospital emergency room at 4 a.m. Friday that he was "Shot in the leg at Batman."

"Where is he when you need him. Please pray for everyone here," Rottman posted.

Rottman's friend was shot twice and was recovering at a different hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Rottman called his parents at 2 a.m. from the hospital, said his father, Thiensville dentist Dale Rottman.

"It's the phone call you don't want to get," Dale Rottman told the Journal Sentinel from his son's hospital room.

Carey Rottman had surgery Friday morning to close a gunshot wound to his thigh. Damage was limited to muscle, and the bullet did not hit a tendon or artery, his father said.

Carey Rottman just married his college sweetheart, Jessica Thron, last month. The couple met at Winona State University in Minnesota, and Rottman moved to Denver after graduating from Winona State in 2008. His bride, who is from Stillwater, Minn., did not go to the midnight movie.

The suspect allegedly threw a gas canister and then opened fire.

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