MODESTO — Police on Wednesday identified a Hayward resident as the man fatally shot while trying to break into a home in southeast Modesto where 100 marijuana plants later were discovered.
After Jonathan Repose, 21, was shot by a resident of a home in the 200 block of McClure Road on Tuesday afternoon, he jumped over the backyard fence and into a yard in the 300 block of Yuba Ridge Lane, officers said.
Savon Baldwin was inside when she saw the man stumble into her yard. She said she called 911 and watched from a window as Repose climbed over her side yard fence, crossed her driveway and collapsed on her porch.
"We thought he was drunk or on drugs, so I called 911," Baldwin said. "When I came out the door, he was flat on his face, but he turned himself over and I saw the gunshot wound, and I called 911 again."
A passer-by who had a first aid kit in her car stopped to help and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Baldwin used a towel to apply pressure to the gunshot wound in Repose's stomach while a third woman at the scene held his head.
"I was talking to him and saying to him, 'Who did this to you? You'll be OK,' " Baldwin said.
Emergency crews arrived and took Repose to a hospital, where he died.
Police: Window was point of entry
Baldwin's home became a crime scene, and police searched her house and the home on McClure where the shooting occurred. Inside the home on McClure, officers found 100 marijuana plants growing in two bedrooms, according to Lt. Rick Armendariz.
The McClure home's resident remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Repose had broken a window in the rear of the home to gain entry and was crawling though the window when he was shot, Armendariz said.
The plants, which detectives believe are what Repose was after, were seized as evidence in the homicide. The resident has not been charged with a crime, and police would not release his name because of safety concerns.
Armendariz said detectives are investigating whether the resident knew Repose and whether the marijuana in his home was for medicinal use.
No one answered the door at the McClure home Wednesday afternoon. A San Jose person whom records list as the homeowner hung up the phone when asked about the incident.
Baldwin was allowed back inside her home about midnight Tuesday but couldn't fall asleep for hours.
"It was a shocking thing, to witness someone dying in front of you," she said. "I didn't go to bed until 4 a.m. I kept seeing the young man's face."
Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2366.
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