Casselberry man shot during carjacking; Assailant fires at police while fleeing

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. - A man who shot another man outside a home in Casselberry early Wednesday morning remains on the run, according to Seminole County deputies.

Deputies said Robert Kirchner, 52, and his son, Ryne Kirchner, 20, got out of their car outside of their Dew Drop Cove home about 1:30 a.m. when they were stopped by the gunman.

Police said the man demanded the keys to the car and then shot Robert Kirchner in the leg before fleeing in the victim's car along State Road 436.

Ryne Kirchner told WFTV that he didn't get a good look at the gunman, because it was dark at the time.

"He said, 'Give me the keys.' We gave him the keys, and we started running for the front door, and he shot him in the leg," Kirchner said.

Kirchner said he and his dad knocked frantically, because they had handed over their keys and couldn't get into the house.

"I don't know why anyone would do that. This is a quiet neighborhood. I don't know," Ryne Kirchner said.

Kirchner and his mother called 911, and Seminole County authorities quickly caught up with the thief, who ditched the vehicle.

Deputy Rob Lilly tried to stop the man a few blocks from the Altamonte Springs Police Department, but the man fired shots and continued to run.

Robert Kirchner was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is expected to recover.

Seminole County deputies and officers from seven other agencies set up a perimeter and used a helicopter to search for the gunman, but no arrests have been made.

About 12 hours after the shooting, authorities located the gun they believe was used in the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.