Girl, 5, shot in neck ‘after woman saw spider and opened fire at it’

Zendaya Cook and Tronisha Ellis
Zendaya Ellis, left, was shot in the neck after Tronisha Ellis, right saw a spider – and allegedly began shooting at it (Pictures: GoFundMe/Fox10)

A woman fired a gun at a spider after seeing it inside her home, but one of the bullets struck a five year-old girl in the neck, police say. Tronisha Ellis, 29, appeared in court Thursday, a month after the shooting in Mobile, Alabama, said to have begun when she spotted a spider inside her home.

That prompted Ellis to dig out a handgun and start blasting bullets at the arachnid. It is unclear if she managed to shoot the spider – but Ellis is said to have hit Zendaya Cook, 5, in the neck instead. Zendaya was rushed to hospital, but has since been released, and is expected to make a full recovery.

A GoFundMe set up by Zendaya’s mother Kaneesha Cook says the little girl is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Kaneesha wrote: ‘All 3 of my kids are suffering from this tragic accident. My kids are scared to be in the home. They don’t feel its safe anymore. We are asking for help so we can get our kids in a comfortable environment to get through this very sad situation.

Tronisha Ellis
Ellis has now been charged with attempted murder over last month’s shooting, and is being held in jail ahead of her next court appearance (Picture: WKRG)

‘My baby girl suffers from PTSD now she only has said a few words since this all took place we are scared for their safety.’

Ellis, whose relationship to her alleged victim is unclear, was living at the home with Zendaya, as well as the youngster’s brother and father when the shooting happened.

They were home when the shooting began, but did not get hit, according to WKRG.

After the incident, Ellis – who has now been charged with attempted murder – was told to pack her bags and leave the house.

During Thursday’s court hearing, Ellis’s lawyer said a mental health evaluation has been ordered to establish whether she was of sound mind when she allegedly shot at the spider.

She was on probation for a separate crime at the time of the shooting, meaning she was denied bond over the spider allegations, and remains in jail until her next court appearance.

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