Jon Connington, then King Aerys's Hand, arrived in Stoney Sept with an army, having heard that Robert was hiding there. His troops began a systematic search of the town, but before they could find Robert, Eddard and Hoster Tully arrived with their own troops. When the fighting was joined, the septons rang every bell in the town to warn the townspeople to hide, hence the name Battle of the Bells.
The battle raged throughout the streets and even rooftops of the town. Robert killed six men, including Rhaegar Targaryen's friend and former squire, Myles Mooton. Connington killed Ser Denys Arryn, a distant cousin of Lord Jon Arryn (who had also married Jon's niece), and also wounded Hoster Tully badly. The rebels won in the end, however, and Connington was exiled by Aerys.