Billy Claibourne, 19, shot and killed James Hickey in nearby Charleston on October 1, 1881. Hickey was drunk, feeling mean, and reckoned the kid would add an easy notch to his gun. Consequently he followed Claibourne around, daring him to fight. Billy left Ben Wood's Saloon and crossed the street to J.B. Ayer's Saloon, with the taunting Hickey right behind. Again Claibourne left because of Hickey, and headed toward Harry Queen's Saloon.