updated 12/26/2005 8:33:51 PM ET 2005-12-27T01:33:51

One person was shot to death and four others wounded Monday in a shooting on a Toronto street crowded with holiday shoppers, police said.

They said two suspects were arrested and at least one firearm was seized shortly after the 5:30 p.m. violence near the popular Eaton Centre shopping mall.

Details were sketchy. Police did not immediately say if the two were suspected of opening fire or if the victims had been purposely targeted.

Officials said the four wounded were hospitalized, but provided no details of the injuries.

Emergency vehicles crowded around the scene, which was cordoned off with yellow police tape.

“Someone said they were shot and everyone went to the back of the store,” said Magnolia Sandoval, an employee at a camera store.

A rash of recent guns deaths in Toronto prompted Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to announce earlier this month that his government would ban handguns if he were re-elected in the Jan. 23 elections.

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