It was a serious gunshot wound, and he fell through a portal and Emma reasonably assumed he would not get the medical attention he needed. I don't see how it's unreasonable to assume he would not survive, but that's my opinion, Dr. OGRastamon ;)
Would you be able to identify a fatal/nonfatal wound from a few seconds of seeing it? XD
Utter solitude wrote: Would you be able to identify a fatal/nonfatal wound from a few seconds of seeing it? XD
No, I wouldn't but that's kind of the point. And I don't live in a world where surviving far worse is fairly normal (for heroes at least). I'm just saying that Mary Margaret AKA Snow White AKA a woman that has seen a lot of crazy shiznit go down should not be quite so surprised.
And I'm not even sure they knew he would land in the Enchanted Forest...I mean he could land anywhere if he hadn't thought about the Enchanted Forest at that very moment. And his wound was (as everyone said) fatal, so why wouldn't she think he was dead?
I don't think Emma was paying attention to the possible fatality of the wound, I think she was panicing because he was falling through a portal. So, in her mind, she just saw him get shot and fall to who-knows-where, and in her shock, she believed he died. To everyone else, they probably assumed the wound had been fatal, when in reality, it probably wasn't, if it could be healed by Aurora/Mulan/Phillip.
Belle was shot in Storybrooke and healed with magic, so when Neal got there Aurora and company may have use some, or maybe a magical plant, they said it was a weird wound so it seems they did anything in their power to save him.
Mary Margaret just interpreted what Emma told her, Emma was in shock and anyone would've assumed that Neal was going to die anyway, if he didn't die because of the shot he would've die because he was weak in maybe a worst world than Neverland, with beast and killing stuff like that.
Well maybe Emma said Neil was dead because that's what she wanted. According to her darkest secret she wish Neil to be dead, so she didn't have to worry emotionally about him. She wanted to believe this so badly that refused to think in any possible escenario where he may have survived.