PORT ORANGE, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says a school resource officer found a loaded gun in a 17-year-old Atlantic High School student's backpack on Wednesday.

  • Student was questioned about shooting in Daytona Beach
  • .45 caliber pistol was found; the hammer was cocked
  • No threats were made before the gun was found

The gun was discovered after officers with the Daytona Beach Police Department interviewed the student about a shooting in Daytona Beach, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities stated the .45 caliber pistol had the hammer cocked back, with one round in the chamber and four rounds in the magazine.

There were no threats made before the gun was discovered.

The student was charged with possessing a firearm on a school campus, which is a felony, according to the Sheriff's Office in a news release.

Kelly Schulz, public information officer for the Volusia County Schools, issued a statement to parents, confirming that police found a gun in a student's backpack and he was detained.

Spectrum News 13 will not identified the student because he is a minor.

On Tuesday, it was announced that two students in Flagler County were charged for making a threat of killing a Palm Coast High School teacher.

The students claimed the "comments were inappropriate jokes."