Father of four, war hero shot in Sanford; Gunmen sought

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SANFORD, Fla. - Police said they are on the hunt for the gunmen who shot and killed a father of four in Sanford.

The shooting happened shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday outside a home in the Placid Woods subdivision.

Sanford police said Keran Stanislaus was alive when rescuers arrived at the home on Placid Woods Court, but later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Channel 9 has learned Stanislaus was in the Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a Purple Heart recipient.

The 24-year-old was a bomb specialist and almost did not make it when a bomb exploded near his unit and shrapnel injured his face.

His mother, Debora Jones, waited for him to come home safely from Afghanistan for three years. She said she never imagined he'd be killed on the street in Sanford.

"He has four kids. Now there are four kids who have lost their father," Jones said.

Jones said Stanislaus was shot seven to eight times.

"I just knelt down and held his hand. That's all I could do," Jones said.

Jones said Stanislaus was disgusted by all of the recent violence in Sanford and was even planning to start a campaign against guns.

"He was talking about making T-shirts, ‘Put your gun down, put your hands up,'" Jones said.

Jones said she hopes that is what people will do now.

According to Sanford police, they are still looking for multiple shooters.

Neighbors said they believe there are several men in their 20s who live at the house.

The woman who lives across the street told WFTV that her husband and her 12-year-old son were home and heard the gunshots.

"Yeah, they heard about five shots. They heard knocking at the door, which of course they thought it was me just getting home from work. And when they came out, nobody was outside, and then when they walked out, that's when they saw the guy gasping for, you know, dying and gasping for air," said neighbor Christine Brown.