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.

‘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.’

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