In the earlier years, as members of the "Root Square Gang" in Houston's 5th Ward, Clyde Barrow, Raymond Hamilton and Frank Clause often took to stealing cars, breaking into local businesses and heisting their small safes. Clyde had remained outside in the car to avoid being recognized by Mr. Bucher who had known Clyde to be a visitor in the past. It was shortly before midnight when Ray and Frank awakened Mr. Bucher and his wife from their sleep to come down and open up the shop to "sell them some guitar strings". After complaining about how late it was, Mr. Bucher finally relented and went downstairs to let the men into his shop. After receiving the twenty- five cent guitar strings they handed Mr. Bucher a ten dollar bill which required him to open up the safe in order to make change. As Mr Bucher didn't have his eyeglasses with him he called to his wife, to come down and turn the combination on the safe. Once the safe was opened, a nervous Raymond Hamilton pointed his gun at the elderly shopkeeper and demanded it's contents. In a moment of panic the gun accidentally went off. The bullet had struck Mr. Bucher in the heart killing him instantly. The two bandits then ran from the store after taking about forty dollars and some jewlery.