In a state of emergency meeting Thursday night with residents and police to discuss the recent stabbing spree that left eight people dead and many others injured in the Bronx, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded an ominous note.

“I am not looking at this as a one-time event,” Cuomo said. “We’re looking at this as what we hope to be an annual event, because I really believe that thousands of people will pass away and it is going to be life-changing.”

Cuomo gave permission for prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in the cases against James Harris Jackson, who is accused of killing seven people during the attack, and stabbing two others.

During the meeting, Cuomo said he was particularly upset that Jackson’s alleged attack went unnoticed by many because of social media. “If there is social media today that can kill then this guy killed,” he said.

He also said that he expected more knife attacks. “I think a fresh assault weapon and a note on some corner will do the trick,” he said.

You can watch live coverage of the emergency meeting below: