Irwin said he would like to change the attitude in the community to one that increases and encourages police involvement, especially when it comes to reporting illegal activity and illicit drugs.

"I would like people to become intolerant of crime," Irwin said. "They should be compelled to act when they see something like that, not just be like, 'Oh they're just kids, they're smoking pot.' "

"Call us. Let us be able to come in there and not let it happen."

Catonsville 'must stay strong'

Ken Steinbach and his son, Scott Steinbach, own Caton Auto Clinic at 6013 Baltimore National Pike, a short distance from Winters Lane.

They said many of their customers come from the neighborhood.

"I've been here since 1975," Ken Steinbach said. "We were here for times when it has been excellent to times when it got touchy to where it went back to excellent.

"We've enjoyed being in this location," he said. "We do not feel this to be an unstable neighborhood. There are a few bad eggs you run into in anything."

Rev. Howard C. Wright, pastor of Grace A.M.E. Church on Winters Lane issued a written statement after the shootout.

"The shooting death of Officer Jason Schneider while in the line of duty was very unfortunate.Our police have tough jobs as they often put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our communities.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Schneider family as well as the family of Tevon Smith. It's never easy when any life is lost," Wright said in the statement. "I can only imagine what these families are going through ...

"Our Catonsville community must stay strong and pull together during this difficult time," Wright wrote. "And, we must continue to pray for one another."

Within the neighborhood, Pennington said residents are grieving lives lost while attempting to return to normal.

For her, that meant not letting the incident deter her from continuing her walking routine through the Winters Lane neighborhood.

"If you keep trying, things will get better," she said.

"It's hard to hear about [the shootings], it's sad to hear about that, but the best thing you can do is to go on, go forward."