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Connecticut Man Shot In Aurora Theater Massacre Pledges Return To Colorado

The movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where James Holmes is accused of opening fire in a deadly rampage. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where James Holmes is accused of opening fire in a deadly rampage. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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SOUTHBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - A Connecticut man shot in the Aurora massacre has been recovering, but has pledged to return to Colorado.

Stephen Barton of Southbury is lucky to be alive. He was in the movie theater when that mass shooting unfolded. The 22-year-old was one of dozens wounded in the rampage.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

“You’re sleeping and then you get a phone call and someone on the other end at 3 o’clock in the morning says your son’s been shot,” Stephen’s mother Christine Barton said.

Barton was hit in the neck and arm but is expected to make a full recovery.

“There’s a lot of…besides the physical aspect, the emotional aspect down the road. This will be for years,” said Christine Barton.

The recent college graduate was taking part in a cross-country bike trip and stopped in Aurora to visit friends and see “The Dark Knight Rises.”

His mother said Stephen is committed to returning to Colorado to finish his bike trip.

But he’ll use the rest of the ride to raise money for those seriously wounded and requiring lifetime care from the Aurora movie theater massacre.