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Michael John Rush, 62

Michael John Rush, a 62-year-old white man, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, after he was fatally assaulted near Hollywood Boulevard and North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angelese County coroner’s records.

About 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, officers were flagged down by people who saw Rush hitting cars with a metal flashlight, said LAPD Det. Luis Carranza.

Rush struck a black BMV SUV with a flashlight, then two black men got out of the vehicle and punched him, police said.

Rush fell and hit his head on the ground. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Carranza said.

Rush was pronounced dead four days later, on Aug. 9 at 4:24 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide, records show.

Police want to speak with additional witnesses and believe more vehicles were in the area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Lt. John Radtke at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

Photo: Surveillance footage shows the black SUV. Credit: LAPD

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