07/02/2015 06:17 EDT | Updated 07/02/2016 05:59 EDT

Police search for man who slammed car into church

Toronto police are searching for a man who crashed his car into a church and then fled.

Police officers with K9 units are searching the area near Davenport Road and Oakwood Avenue around 5:30 a.m., including some yards near the church.

Police said the crash happened following a pursuit of a possible stolen vehicle.

It's also possible the suspect is connected to a previous shooting incident. 

The vehicle, a silver-coloured sedan, suffered serious damage in the collision, which also knocked down a streetlight.