Paul Goizueta’s death is the second incident to occur at the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in the past two years

SpaceX technician suffered fractured skull and put in coma after being struck during rocket test, report says; family says family is ‘devastated’

The Florida State University student told investigators he had been standing outside watching the rocket take off, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

But at about the same time, the student was struck by a bullet and fell to the ground, the report says. He was rushed to the hospital’s intensive-care unit, where he remained on life support for several days.

A friend of the student’s also told investigators the student had been using a.45-caliber pistol to protect himself from the rocket test at the Florida Power and Light Co. facility outside Port St. Lucie.

The Florida Times-Union also published a brief story about the student, and his family.

Family says family is ‘devastated’

Family has declined comment to USA TODAY about the incident, which remains under investigation.

“For the record, we are devastated by the news of the loss of Paul. Paul was a loved brother, son, and friend,” the Goizueta family wrote in a lengthy statement. “We are thankful that he is with his Heavenly Father, and that the Lord has granted her a peaceful passing.”

Goizueta’s death is the second incident to occur at the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in the two years since SpaceX’s May 2015 launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which rocketed the Dragon, the company’s first commercial capsule to orbit, into space.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is slated to return to flight in July 2019 (SpaceX)

SpaceX is under a congressional investigation into its launch preparations.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who has served as deputy administrator at Boeing and as a congressman, has said that investigators have asked NASA to look into the accident.

The agency has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

SpaceX officials did not publicly comment on the Goizueta family’s statement.

“SpaceX is saddened by this terrible tragedy and the Goizueta family is in our thoughts and prayers,” said SpaceX in a statement. “SpaceX is committed to ensuring that the safety of our launch team remains our highest priority. As always, we will take all necessary steps to make this mission a

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