[Within minutes of this
, Neil Donovan is contacted. We're sorry to inform you that... Where were you tonight? We'll need you to come down to make a statement.
The news outlets and tabloids pick the story up on the scene, where eyewitnesses at the public assistance clinic lose half their words to the censors. But the gist is clear; a blonde woman opened fire outside the clinic, shot Samantha Alexander, and ran. And from there, the rumors begin within minutes. Iris Morgenstern, some people say, is obviously
guilty, and all the news about Ian Russell is dragged into the light again, with Iris' picture accompanying the story on every telling. They say Iris was obviously
sleeping with Neil Donovan, and they flash pictures of her broken face as proof. And there's plenty of buzz about Donovan's newly impoverished state. Biopics about both the Alexander and Donovan families are dug up; illegal adoptions, drinking problems, and wealth beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Neil tells the officers that the Murphys need to be looked into, and a new wealthy family joins the rumor fest. Talk of Chloe, cults and romances gone sour twine in with the other tabloid mess, and it's just like having a soap opera in the middle of Las Vegas.
But the police statement, issued within a half hour, is much more somber than any of the gossip. The girl is in critical condition and has not regained consciousness from a gunshot wound to the head. They will be talking to friends, family and suspects in the coming days. They expect an arrest to be timely. They start planning their schedule for knocking on the doors of the Murphys, the Donovans and the Alexanders.]